Leicester Gay and Lesbian Scene
(Leicester, Leicestershire, England, UK)
The gay scene in Leicester is becoming more apparent, with a number of clubs now catering to this growing minority group and providing a memorable 'night on the tiles'. These nightspots include the Rainbow and Dove on Charles Street, the Dover Castle on Dover Street, and the Village in the Belgrave Gate area.
Held most years in September, Leicester Pride is the city's biggest gay event. Its colourful procession starts on High Street, next to the Highcross Shopping Centre, passing by Leicester Market and the Clock Tower, and heading towards the Belgrave Gate and Phoenix Square areas, as well as Victoria Park.
The city's popular Pride festival reliably draws in more than 5,000 festival-goers and features much live entertainment, which comes in the form of drag queens, live music, DJs and pride parties within the surrounding bars.
Situated close to Braunstone Gate and within the lively West End area of Leicester, the Celts Sauna is located on Narborough Road and is the busiest sauna for the gay community in the whole of the East Midlands. Close by and on New Bond Street, Sauna 31 is another popular choice.
Founded in the 1970s, the Leicester Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Centre (LLGBTC) was established to provide support and organise local events, film screenings and meetings. The centre now offers a helpline to the local gay community and has around 30 members of staff, both paid and working on a voluntary basis. Originally based on King Street, the office contact details are now as below:
Leicester Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Centre (LLGBTC)
Address: 15 Wellington Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 6HH, England, UK
Tel: +44 0116 2547412