Pride of place on the Rainbow Plaque map

The Grove pub in Holbeck is the starting point for a special Rainbow Plaque Trail put together by Leeds Civic Trust and the Leeds LGBT+ Hub in time for this year’s Leeds Pride festival which takes place on Sunday (5 August 2017).

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The trail marks locations in the city that have historical significance for the Leeds LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-sexual plus) community. The Grove stands for a number of local pubs including the Ye Olde Red Lion and The Bridge, which started hosting LGBT+ friendly events in the 1970s and 1980s.

Other locations include The Regent pub on Kirkgate where two men were arrested and later sentenced to death in 1843; and Leeds Polytechnic (now Leeds Beckett University) where Marc Almond studied before taking Tainted Love to No 1 in the charts in 1981.

As the organisers explain:

“An estimated 77,000 people identifying as LGBT+ live in Leeds. We’ve celebrated Pride for over 12 years; this is a time to celebrate who we are and who we love. It is also a time to remember the experiences, people and events that have shaped who we are. National and international events have all influenced local LGBT+ freedoms.

“LGBT+ communities and their allies have often been forced to challenge the status quo to receive fair and equal treatment. #RainbowPlaques aim to make LGBT+ heritage, achievements and stories visible.”

You can download the map here