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.

Ho can life go on

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.

Door and Rosey

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

Out in Education
Sarah Lee and her team at the County Council

WOW - Copy
out in education
celebration crowd

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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