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Bryan Derbyshire
(September 9, 1943 - May 1, 2001) U.K.

Bryan Derbyshire

Journalist, magazine editor, and entrepreneur

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Born in Longridge near Preston, West Midlands. His father, Albert, was a firefighter with the Lancashire Fire Brigade. He had an older sister, Bessie, who died in 1979. His mother died a few years later. He had a younger sister, Joyce. He ran a youth club in Woodplumpton for a while.

He did a big work for the Campaign for Homosexual Equality in the early 1970s, appearing in the film David is a Homosexual. In the early 1970s he was a contributor to Gay News. He then wrote for Him Exclusive which later became Gay Times. He and cartoonist Bill Ward set up SAM magazine which was later incorporated into Zipper magazine.

In 1980 Brian Derbyshire became involved with the Mr Hardware contests which was a forerunner to Mr Gay UK. In the early 1980s he spoke to several CHE groups, including Hampstead and Marylebone-Paddington.

He founded and edited the first free gay paper in the UK called Out. In 1982 he founded The National Gay newspaper with Mike Dow and John Addy. Within the year it was bought by Millivres Ltd, but Bryan Derbyshire stayed as its editor. In 1983 he was a founder member of the Gay Business Association.

In 1984 Millivres Ltd acquired Him Exclusive which by then had been re-titled Him Monthly. Later that year it was relaunched as Gay Times. In 1986 Him magazine was re-launched with Bryan Derbyshire as its editor. In 1990 he resigned as editor of Him and left Millivres Ltd. He then worked with Dafydd Jenkins on projects on the gay scene including The Block.

He moved to Amsterdam and with Tony Starr set up The Stablemaster Bar and Hotel on Warmoesstraat. Bryan Derbyshire later ran the Stablemaster apartments. Derbyshire died in Amsterdam at the age of 58 of a heart attack during his sleep.

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Source: The Knitting Circle, U.K., http://www.sbu.ac.uk/stafflag/people.html
Picture: by Zoe Bremer

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