LGBTQ+ Connections

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

JR Ackerley, Dirk Bogarde, Edward Carpenter, Noel Coward, Quentin Crisp, Denholm Elliott, EM Forster, John Gielgud, Robert Graves, Maundy Gregory, Beverley Nichols, Edward Onslow, Peter Pears, Terence Rattigan, Dame Ethel Smyth, Alan Turing, Horace Walpole, Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney and Edward II 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.

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  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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