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The 2009 Nottingham Pride differed from previous Prides in that, for the first time, it was preceded by a march.
With traffic stopped by cooperation with the City Council and Notts Police, nearly 1000 people made their noisy way from the Forest Recreation Ground, down Mansfield Road, turning into Shakespeare Street and then up North Sherwood Street to the Arboretum.
The bystanders seemed to find the proceedings most enjoyable.
On February 16th 2010, Nottinghamshire's Rainbow Heritage took over the Ballroom at Nottingham Council House for a celebration and awards evening. Was it the free food and drink which attracted nearly 150 - some from as far as Leicester?
Those present saw several displays from NRH as well as others from Nottingham Ball Bois (complete with mannequin), the Adoption and Fostering Service, UNISON and Notts Police. A video of the 2009 Nottingham Pride march was shown and awards were presented (by the Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Leon Unczur) to Breakout Gay Men's Group, Nottingham Hyking Dykes and Healthy Gay Nottingham. Also, the first Michael Raymond Memorial awards were presented to Lesbian Line and The Pavilion Club. The awards are for people or organisations which are no longer with us, but were valuable in their day. To find out why the awards bear Mike Raymond's name, click HERE.
From the Ballroom we could see into the Market Square and were please to note that the illuminated big wheel had "Nottingham Pride" on several of its gondolas
In 2010 Nottingham Pride bowed to the inevitable and moved from the now-too-small Arboretum to the Forest Recreation Ground. There were advantages and disadvantages and some of the disadvantages will probably be sorted by 2011. The march was attended at the end by a rather pathetic demo from some young muslim men.
The era of cuts led to the closure of the Police 0800 hate crime service, but in November 2010 the Police joined with the City and County Councils to support a 24 hour helpline provided by Stop Hate Crime UK.
To find out about this service click HERE
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Quaker lesbian Clare Dimyon was presented with an MBE by Prince Charles at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Friday 29th October 2010.
She was honoured for “services to promoting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Central and Eastern Europe”
While this is not the first honour for LGBT people, nor the first recognition for work to advance the human rights of LGB&T people, it is believed that this is the first time in British history that the words “Lesbian”, “Gay”, “Bisexual” and “Transgender” have been explicitly used in a citation, either individually or together. These are the words that were read out by the Lord Chamberlain, in the heart of Buckingham Palace.
Under the 2010 Equality Act, Sexual Orientation and Gender Reassignment became two of the nine "protected characteristics"