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Northamptonshire is a county in the East Midlands that contains seven local government districts. Northampton is its county town and is the central hub for the LGBT community in Northamptonshire. There are smaller pockets of communities in Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough, Rushden, Daventry and Towcester.

LGBT history

Out Proud & Equal in Northamptonshire (OPEN) was an LGBT community group.

"Unfortunately OPEN is looking to dissolve in the Autumn 2012 due to 9 months of inactivity and the emergence of 2 new successful groups in the county called "FAN" and "Progress" that are doing similar work."[1]
"For the last five years, since the collapse of the Northamptonshire Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Alliance (NLGBA), there has been limited support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) youngsters in the county. ... However, this is about to change as The Lowdown, with support from NHS Northampton and Northampton Volunteering Centre, has announced it is starting a new countywide helpline and town centre-based support group."[2]


  1. OPEN website (dead link); Archived version as at 21 May 2013.
  2. Nicole le Marie, "Long lost support returns for LGBT youth", Northampton Chronicle, 7 September 2012.