A Timeline of events from 2013 onwards

February 2013 saw much LGBT History Month activity. The Rainbow writers organised events at Trent University and Newstead Abbey. Trent University ran a series of lecturettes + question and answers. Nottinghamshire's Rainbow Heritage set up displays in 7 libraries (including the Prison library), a civic centre, Rushcliffe register office and a police station as well as their regular Celebration and Awards evening at the Council House.

The County Council Hate Crime steering group spent some time looking at homophobic hate crime. One outcome is that a series of LGBT awareness sessions will be held in 2014. This has been supported and financed by Paddy Tipping, the Police and Crime Commissioner.

To see details of Pride 2013, click HERE

The older among us will have fond memories of Mushroom Bookshop, which closed about 13 years ago. It was an “alternative” book shop which was very LGBT friendly. Ross Bradshaw, who used to work at Mushroom, has now opened Five Leaves Bookshop.

Ross says “"Five Leaves Bookshop will include dedicated lesbian and gay sections from the start. Supporting and promoting LGBT concerns is important to us, and we welcome people dropping in leaflets and posters advertising LGBT events as well as shoppers!” They also stock Diva, Curve, Gay and Lesbian Quarterly, Gay Times etc.

The shop is at 14a Long Row, that’s down the little alleyway next to Primark and over the road from the Tourism Centre. It opened on November 9th. The website is


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