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Leeds Beckett: LGBT+ Cultural Trail

Category: LGBT

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Soft Cell set to feature in new cultural trail through Leeds’ LGBT+ history.

The trail, put together by the Leeds Civic Trust and the Leeds LGBT+ Hub, launched at this year’s Leeds Pride festival which took place on Sunday 5 August.

Other locations included in the Rainbow Plaque Trail include The Regent pub on Kirkgate and the Grove pub in Holbeck, which is reknowned for being one of the first pubs in Leeds to host LGBT+ friendly events in the 70s.

Soft Cell members Marc Almond and David Ball met whilst studying Fine Art at our university (then Leeds Polytechnic). They had a smash hit in 1981 with their cover of Gloria Jones’ ‘Tainted Love’, which reached number one in 17 countries.

The Soft Cell plaque can be found on the side of the Students’ Union, next to our Leslie Silver Building.

Other Leeds heroes honoured in the trail include Alan Bennett, Nicola Adams and theatre director Cyril Livingstone.

We had a great turn out of staff and students!

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