WHAT have Clare Balding, Rupert Everett, Lord Alfred Douglas and Patrick Gale got in common?

They all have connections to Hampshire; either having been to school in the county or living in the county, and all can be identified as noteworthy LGBT+ persons.

Over the last two years Y-Services LGBT+ youth groups have been involved in a Heritage Lottery project discovering some of Hampshire's LGBT+ history.

The aims of the project included capturing information to archive for the future on aspects of the history of the county that are rarely documented.

Young people have interviewed older LGBT+ people and visited archives and libraries to discover more about the past.

On June 28 – the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in the USA when the gay liberation movement was born – Hampshire Record Office in Sussex Street, Winchester will be displaying some of those findings.

The display will run until mid-September and is free to view. Opening times are the same as the Record Office.

In addition, Dr Clifford Williams has produced a 36-page guide to accompany the display, called 'A Queer A-Z of Hampshire'. Copies are on sale in the Record Office at £2.50.

On June 2 Y-Services were listed in the London Gazette as having been awarded the Queen's Award for voluntary organisations. They are one of only four organisations in the county that were given the honour this year.

More information about Y-Services can be found at http://www.yservices.co.uk/

By Dr Clifford Williams