LGBT History Month 2016 began with the premiere of "Something about us", a film put together by Eden Productions and the WOW LGBT youth group from Worksop.   For their film, the WOW people had interviewed several older LGBT people to get a picture of what things were like in the "bad old days".  The film was first shown at the Savoy cinema in Worksop.

A Timeline of events 2016  

WOW film premiere

The University of Nottingham arranged a series of events, some on campus, one at Broadway Cinema and another at Five Leaves Bookshop, where LGBT Hate Crime was the topic. Speakers at the latter included David Edgley, who gave a presentation on how issues relating to "coming out" have changed over a span of 80 years.

Nottinghamshire’s Rainbow Heritage’s annual Celebration and Awards evening was attended by about 100 people on Feb. 23rd. Displays on LGBT Olympians, Famous Trans people, a “Who did what?” quiz and Pride of Place were joined by stalls from nine local groups and organisations. Here’s the Nottingham City Homes stall.


The Police and Notts Healthcare Trust are regulars at the Celebration and Awards evening.  Here are Deputy Chief Constable Sue Fish and the Trust’s Head of Equality and Diversity, Catherine Conchar.























The evening’s guest speaker was Tim Franks. Recently Tim has worked in London, but in Nottingham he was involved with: Nottingham’s first LGBT youth group, with the GAi Project (Health Gay Nottingham), the first Pride-type festivals (Pink Lace) and with QB. He spoke movingly of coming out as a teenager only to be met with, firstly, AIDS hysteria and secondly Section 28.

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Two events took place on February 25th.  Firstly, there was a conference organised by Notts NHS Healthcare Foundation Trust which focused on transgender issues.


Later in the day, the HSBC LGBT Network put on "HSBC's Got Talent", a fundraising variety show which brought in nearly £500 for Notts LGBT Switchboard.

trans conference

On April 14th at Five Leaves Bookshop, Professor Greg Woods launched his new book “Homintern” - How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World. It’s a hardback at £25 from Yale University Press.  


Drawing a parallel with the Comintern (the Communist International set up by Lenin), people like Cyril Connolly, W. H. Auden, Maurice Bowra and others jokingly gave the name “Homintern” to the informal network of friendships that Cold War conspiracy theorists would  come  to  think  of  as             the “International homosexual conspiracy”. The actor Sir Donald Wolfit complained that “the theatre is controlled by an international cartel of poufferie!”

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Victoria Villasenor and Global Words have previously worked with local people to produce two books.  One was “Late Outbursts”, a book of memoirs by older LGBTQ people and “Speaking Out”, an equivalent book by LGBTQ young people.


On April 16th a new book was launched to a full house at Waterstones - “In Different Shoes: Stories from the Trans Community”. The book consists of memoirs by Trans young people, mainly from the Nottingham group Trans4me.

The  foreword to the book was written by Katie Cornhill (below left, with Victoria, below right) who also started the afternoon with an inspirational speech about her own experiences as a trans lesbian. Most of the young contributors were present to read extracts from their own memoirs.

In different shoes

In April, the New Foresters was awarded special status by voluntary organisation the Campaign for Real Ale, which fights for local pubs. The bar, which opened in the late 1950s, has been named as an "asset of community value", which allows a greater level of protection if an owner wanted to change the use of the premises or demolish the building.


Delighted landlady Debbie Law said:  "I have been here as a landlady for 15 years and I'd like to be here for another 15. This gives the pub security and we're dead chuffed.”

Debbie New Foresters

The focus of this year’s IDAHO Day was mental health and well-being and to commemorate this day Nottingham City Council in partnership with Nottinghamshire Pride raised the rainbow flag from Nottingham Castle at 11am. There was a series of short speeches from partner agencies: Rainbow Flags were also raised on a range of public buildings throughout the City & County to mark Idaho Day.


In the evening an IDAHO Young Peoples ‘SPEAK OUT’ Panel event in partnership with Out in Education was held at Loxley House, panel members included Nottinghamshire Police, Out in Education, Nottingham University Hospitals and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue. Discussions were held on various topics: The event was a great success and was attended by over 50 people. Labour Councillor Sean McCallum, for Sherwood and Mansfield said “It was an extremely well run event that was organised by Nottingham City Council in partnership with Out in Education – great to speak with LGBT youth”

Criag + flag at castle 2016 isaho PANEL 2016

Nottingham Lions (formerly Nottingham Ball Bois) football team celebrated its 10th anniversary on May 11th.  The pictures show both the “young” and the “old” teams.

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The appalling murders in Orlando were recognised when several vigils were held in June in Nottingham to commemorate the victims and to remind ourselves that there are always those who wish to reverse the progress which has been made.


Events such as these make real that often intangible entity “the LGBT+ Community” and show that hope and love will triumph over hate.

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Pride 2016 took place on Saturday July 30th in the City Centre. The details are shown in the Pride section of the website. To see this, click HERE


Pride 2016 was the date chosen by Notts Lesbian & Gay Switchboard to carry out its rebranding. There's a new name, Notts LGBT+ Network, a new logo, website, e-mail address and literature.



Notts LGBT+ Network

On October 28th the City Council organised a well-attended LGBT health event at Antenna.

City Council team audience 1 Eqaulity and diversity outburst

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In out



One of the major gaps in LGBT social provision was filled in December, when Age UK Nottinghamshire was supported by Notts LGBT+ Network in the setting up of a group for older (55+) gay and bi men.


The group decided to call itself Silver Pride and now meets every first Friday of the month at the Age UK building on Shakespeare Street.


For further details either contact Age UK Notts or


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