1964 The North Western Homosexual Law Reform Committee (NWHLRC) is founded in Manchester by Allan Horsfall and Colin Harvey to promote legal and social equality for lesbians, gay men and bi people. This was created as a local committee of the London based Homosexual Law Reform Society and in practise was the only one to be created.
‘In 1969 the NWHLRC was renamed the Committee for Homosexual Equality (CHE) and in 1971, keeping the same initials, it became the Campaign for Homosexual Equality.
Following partial decriminalisation in 1967 it was clear that there was little prospect for the time being of further law reform; meanwhile there was a clear need for “safe spaces” in which gay men and lesbians could be themselves. It was therefore decided to set up Esquire Clubs in towns around the country, on a model similar to northern working men’s clubs. CHE organised a very memorable public meeting to discuss the issue in Burnley, chaired by the broadcaster Ray Gosling, but no Esquire Clubs were ever opened.’(1)
Allan Horsfall died in 2012 and CHE organised a commemoration of his life at Manchester Town Hall.