Surrey has many famous LGBT personalities who at one time made the county their home.

Quentin Crisp, Dame Ethel Smyth, Alan Turing, EM Forster, JR Ackerley, Terence Rattigan, Noel Coward, Dirk Bogarde, John Gieulgud, Edward Carpenter, Edward II, Maundy Gregory, Beverley NicholsEdward Onslow, and Peter Pears and Denholm Elliott all have connections with the county and each has featured as part of LGBT History Month.

More famous connections are uncovered every year but uncovering the life stories of the not-so famous can involve detailed research and chance. One exception is the story of Harry Daley, who served in the Metropolitan Police for 25 years. Harry was always open about his homosexuality and was the lover of the novelist E M Forster, who lived in Abinger Hammer.

Read about Hitler’s Black Book and some of the Surrey residents listed in it.

One Response to LGBT Connections

  1. Franco says:

    Please note that Duncan Grant’s portrait of policeman Harry Daley (well worth a look) is in the Guildhall Art Gallery in the City of London. It is definitely not in the National Gallery.

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