Terrence Lionel Seymour Higgins, (1945–1982), first publicly identified AIDS victim in the United Kingdom, was born on 10 June 1945 in Priory Mount Hospital, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, the son of Marjorie Irene Higgins (formerly Phillips), a railway porter in Haverfordwest.
Remembered through the manner of his death, and the work of the trust that bears his name, the life of Terrence Higgins reflects at every turn the shifting history of the gay male community in late twentieth-century Britain.
Higgins moved to London, where the changing climate of the 1960s, the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in 1967, and the work of the Gay Liberation Front from the early 1970s had created a rapidly expanding, commercial scene of gay clubs and bars.
Entering into this world he lived first in Notting Hill and Streatham, eventually settling in a flat with friends in Barons Court Road, Kensington. He worked as a telex and computer operator and as a barman in the best-known gay club, Heaven.
(Source Matt Houlbrook)