A Timeline of events 2017

The Holocaust Centre at Laxton joined with Trent University to organise a conference for Holocaust Memorial Day. One of the things seen at the conference was a short film produced by the Holocaust Memorial trust.

The film was called "How can life go on" and looked at hate crime against Muslim, Jewish and LGBT people.

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Like last year, 5 Nottinghamshire organisations appear in the Stonewall top 100 index. They are, with last year’s positions in brackets:

35 Notts Police (64), 51 Notts County Council (64), 60 West Notts College (93), 81 Nottingham City Homes (-), 99 Notts Fire and Rescue (89). The Police’s position will have been helped by the mentoring they have received from Notts Healthcare, which is now classed as a Stonewall Star performer following their previous number 1 position on the index.

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One of the most significant events of this year’s LGBT History Month was the exhibition at the Galleries of Justice museum.

This was a collaboration between the museum and the City Council - led by Rosey Cox, who is pictured on the right. One cell in the museum housed the door behind which Oscar Wilde was imprisoned at Reading Gaol. On the walls of the cell were posters relating to both Oscar himself and to the timeline of LGBT history landmarks leading up to and beyond the 1967 Sexual Offences Act.

In the cell, projections of hundreds of famous LGBT people could be seen and recordings of local LGBT relating their experiences could be heard.

Later this year, the museum will house an exhibition about gay Leicester playwright Joe Orton.

About 120 people attended the event on Feb. 28th at Nottingham Council House. More organisations than ever had their own stalls:

Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham City Council, Notts Healthcare
Nottinghamshire County Council, Terrence Higgins Trust, Out in Education
Global Words, WOW, Nottingham City Homes, Nottinghamshire Pride
Notts LGBT+ Network, Nottingham Amnesty. Five Leaves Bookshop

Awards were presented to

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Sarah Lee and her team at the County Council
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On Feb. 24th both the City and County Councils joined with Notts Healthcare, Notts Police, Notts Fire and Rescue and West Notts College to hold a conference on the importance of positive role models for LGBT people

The event launched a short film based on interviews with role models from each of the organisations. The people featured as role models are shown below along with two students from West Notts College who recorded and edited the film.

The film, which will be placed on Youtube, consisted of brief extracts from over forty minutes worth of interviews recorded by the students and which will eventually be presented in their full form.

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The local elements include the story of Viv Anderson, the first black footballer to represent England in a full senior match and an integral part of Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest team that went on to win two European Cups.

The main photo represents the bed sheet that was presented to the jury during the trail of 19 year old John Clarkson. The trial actually took place in the very building which now houses the exhibition. In 1965, John was sent to prison for two years because he was gay. The picture of John on the right was taken in 1985.

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To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, the National Justice Museum on High Pavement hosted an exhibition devoted to gay Leicester playwright Joe Orton.

The free exhibition explored the fascinating aspects of crime in Orton's life and work including the defacement of the library books; his trial and imprisonment and his murder and legacy.  

You can see a slide show of photos from the exhibtion by clicking HERE

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On July 8th, a gloriously sunny day welcomed the second Worksop Pride. There were two novelties this year: firstly, the official 12 o’clock opening of Pride was preceded by a parade, with oompah band, Mickey Mouse and Batman and led by the Centre Place team; secondly, the stalls were set out in the Market Square rather than being indoors as they were in 2016. Years ago Worksop was rather shaken by the raising of a rainbow flag. These days it looks as though Pride is establishing itself as a regular feature of Worksop’s Summer. Everyone seemed to be having a great time.

You can see a slide show of photos from Worksop Pride by clicking HERE

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On July 29th Notts Pride’s luck over the weather continued for yet another year and the numbers in this year’s march were, by a long way, the biggest ever.

The Pride committee’s luck did not extend to the stalls. Essentially “it fell off the back of a lorry”. A lorry carrying quite a few of the stalls intended for Pride was involved in a road accident in Leicester. The result was that some stallholders had no stalls to “hold”. As they say, “these things are sent to try us.”

You can see a slide show of photos from Pride 2017 by clicking HERE

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Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign came to Nottinghamshire in November, with support from Notts County, Nottingham Forest, LGBT Magpies, Nottingham Lions and Nottingham City Council.

At Notts County, the official logo turned rainbow, players wore the laces, the corner flags and the captain’s armband went rainbow for the day. On Saturday November 25th two members of LGBT Magpies and their two boys walked the rainbow flag leading the players to the centre of the pitch. The LGBT Magpies also had a full page in the team’s mag.

We can hope that things are progressing from the time when Justin Fashanu was treated with appalling homophobia by Nottingham “icon” Brian Clough

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