1973 The Campaign for Homosexual Equality held the first British Gay Rights conference in Morecambe, Lancashire. Its second annual conference, held in 1974 in Malvern, “signalled a formal coalescence between the separate strands represented by GLF (Gay Liberation Front) and CHE (Campaign for Homosexual Equality), and CHE’s formal commitment to a policy of militant reformism.
Friend was set up in London in 1971 as a CHE taskforce intended to become CHE’s counselling arm, by the end of the year Friend had become a national befriending and counselling organisation. As the London based organisation began to spread, the whole network was known as National Friend, with branches in most major cities in the UK.
Derbyshire LGBT+ originally started as Derby Friend back in 1983, as part of the National Friend network.