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As usual, there were many activities related to LGBT History Month. The young people at the Worksop-based Outburst group unveiled an art work linked to Alan Turing, while in Nottingham students at the University if Nottingham were delighted to see their own rainbow crossings added to those installed in the city centre in 2019.
At the Nottinghamshire's Rainbow Heritage's Celebration and Awards evening at Nottingham Council House, the three regular awards went to a) Kairos, the lesbian immigration/asylum seeker support group b) Silver Pride, the group for 55+ gay and bi men and to c) Arran Heys, who provided the inspiration for the rainbow crossings in Hockley.
There were two other awards. As the theme for 2020 was "Prose, poetry and plays" an award was made to Newstead Abbey in honour of Lord Byron. The evening's "surprise" award was presented by Tania Thomas to Councillors Rachel and Roxanne Elis who organised to assembling of the enormous Trans flag which was paraded at 2019's Pride.
The Nottinghamshire Heritage Partnership is a forum which intends to reveal and celebrate Nottingham's diverse histories and heritage. They have identified individuals and organisations who embody "The Story of Nottingham". On February 27th, some of those individuals and organisations were presented with medals. One of the medals went to Nottinghamshire's Rainbow Heritage.
At the end of March we faced Lockdown. Many groups were unable to meet and pubs and clubs closed - some permanently. One casualty was Propaganda. The financial impact of the Covid crisis meant that the club could not renew its lease. The club had run in the Lace Market for 11 years
Notts LGBT+ Network was based at Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service for 45 years - from 1975 onwards. Nottingham CVS has been forced to downsize and the Network had to look for a new base.
In May, they started operating from an office at Bizspace, 35 Park Row, Nottingham.
Many of the groups which ceased to meet physically decided to operate virtually using techniques such as zoom.
To get around the cancellation of in person Prides, many such events went virtual, including Nottinghamshire Pride.