A Timeline of events from 2007 to 2009

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In the 1970s most newspapers refused gay-related ads, but things began changing in the 1980s. We were surprised that the Newark advertiser still banned them in 2006.  In April 2007, the Goods and Services Act was broadened to include discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.  

 

On May 1st 2007, the Newark Advertiser was phoned and asked to place 10 ads for Nottingham Lesbian and Gay Switchboard.  They accepted the ads without argument. The law had changed and they knew it.

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The volunteers who put together this history project spent months (with much help from the Heritage Lottery Fund) putting together an application form for a grant.

 

The application was posted on Oct.1st 2007. The grant was approved on Dec. 15th and the project officially started on Jan.15th 2008 - when we got the money!

In 2006, the Newark Advertiser refused to take ads for the North Notts Lesbian Walking Group - "we are a family newspaper", they said.

In 2007, Nottingham City Council put together an anti-homophobic bullying pack which was sent to all City schools, colleges and youth groups.  

 

In 2008, after several years of talks, they managed to persuade Nottingham Forest to lend their name and their players' pictures to an anti-homophobic bullying poster. To download a pdf copy click HERE

 

No other UK football club has - so far - been as upfront.  As Forest was Justin Fashanu's team, this was particularly apposite. As this did not happen in London, the London gay media ignored it

 

On November 17th, Nottinghamshire County Council organised a large conference "Notts OUT", to examine homophobia in schools.

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On a very chilly March 22nd 2009, Davina Daniels (the organiser of Outburst LGBT Youth Group) used Facebook to see whether she could get a reasonable crowd to assemble in front of the Council House for a picture of "out" LGBT people in Nottingham.  The result is shown on the left

 

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We are aware that most homophobic crimes go unreported and this campaign was an attempt to encourage more people to contact the police.  

 

People need also to be reminded that if a complaint results in a court case, it is quite easy to make sure that there is a ban placed on the media reporting the personal details of the victim - you can remain anonymous to the media.

 

The posters were a joint effort between Notts Police and Healthy Gay Nottingham.

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After displaying a poster supporting Pride 2008 on the side of the Methodist Mission, the Nottingham Methodists went one step further in 2009. There was a new poster on the side of the Mission and an identical poster could be seen in the Arboretum, where they had their own stall.