A Timeline of events 2018

LGBT History Month got off to a quick start on February 1st with a flag-raising ceremony and a session on LGBT hate crime at Notts NHS Healthcare Trust. On the same day, Age UK Nottingham put up their display of 55+ year old gay and bi men - they run a social group for 55+ gay/bi men.

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Broadway cinema ran a season of LGBT themed films and the University of Nottingham arranged several events including: “What became of Gay Liberation?” at Five Leaves Bookshop; a panel discussion about LGBTQ+ experiences in Nottingham and two events on LGBT progress in Taiwan.

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Stonewall USA march

Notts Healthcare, Nottingham City Homes, Notts Fire & Rescue, Nottingham Community Housing, Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, the Police and West Notts College came together to celebrate “Bisexuality and Other Identities”.

Several speakers dealt with their experiences as bisexual people and Jessica Lynn, a trans woman from the USA, talked about her roller coaster of a life and her mind-boggling encounters with the USA legal system. One thought to take away - steer clear of Texas. Jessica’s work and her story can be read at

Two of the organisations present faired well in the Stonewall Index. Notts Police was at no. 39 and Notts County Council at no.22

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The month was rounded off with the annual (the 11th) Nottinghamshire's Rainbow Heritage Celebration and awards evening. The event took place on the coldest night of the Winter in a blizzard. Several people and groups weren't able to attend because of the weather, so it was slightly amazing that 75 people turned up.

There were stalls from the City Council, Nottingham City Homes, Notts Police, Notts Healthcare, Amnesty International, The Crown Prosecution Service, Notts LGBT+ Network, Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham Lions, Outburst LGBT Youth Group and Victim Care.

Awards were presented by Notts Chief Constable Craig Guildford to Rosey Donovan and Mel Jeffs, and the evening closed with a speech from the Chief Constable.

An award was scheduled to be presented to the Centre Place team for their work on LGBT issues and supporting young LGBT people in Bassetlaw. Though the weather was bad in Nottingham, it was appalling in Worksop and they were unable to attend. Nevertheless, the audience enjoyed a short film assembled by members of their WOW LGBT youth group as well as another film about the trial of John Clarkson, whose story has been related elsewhere on this website.

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Several organisations - Nottingham City Council, Fire and Rescue, Notts Police, Notts Pride - got together on May 17th to commemorate IDAHO day - the international day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

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Idaho day 2018

Enterprise Rent a Car is an organisation which is rsiing rapidly on the Stonewall index. In early June they presented a cheque for £1000 to Notts LGBT+ Network.

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On June 3rd, Nottingham Lions arranged a charity cricket match when they played against a team of local celebrities and raised over £2000 for Notts LGBT+ Network.

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Over the weekend of June 9th, the Call it Out Pride in Football group organised a symposium on LGBT issues in football at Nottingham Forest.

Many LGBT football groups were in attendance: Spurs, Arsenal, Notts Trickies, WBA, Celtic, Brighton, Aston Villa, Liverpool.


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One session included a panel discussion on what it would take for an elite footballer to come out. This was set in the context of a lengthy article in the Sun about a bisexual footballer. The Sun proclaims that it knows the identity of the footballer, but chooses not to reveal it. Ryan Atkin, the sports first openly gay referee, expressed his anger at the story and at the fact that such high profile news outlets still feel it's acceptable to imply a threat that they could "out" the player in question. It's that "We know who you are" statement which is insidious.

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