On December 31st 2013, Healthy Gay Nottingham ceased to exist. It was opened by Sir Ian McKellen in 1994 and had provided a varied and effective service for gay and bi men since that time. For much of the time it had 3 full time staff and part time outreach workers.
Its closure was a consequence of the transfer of responsibility for sexual health and public health to the City Council. Those in charge decided that a revamp was needed, despite quite a bit of concern expressed by the community that a trusted service needed to be retained.
It proved difficult to get information from those in charge about what, if anything, would replace it. What we now have is a one-man service at the Victoria Health Centre (see left) on Glasshouse Street. One compensation is that the Health Shop (on Broad Street) has substantially increased the service it provides for LGBT people.
Central library was also used as the focus for a series of reminiscences by several older members of the LGBT community.
The activity was organised by local author Victoria Oldham in conjunction with the City Council.
These were published a few months later as "Late Outbursts" and were presented at an event at Waterstones on June 1st. Peter Tatchell was the guest speaker.
As usual, Nottingham provided a full calendar for 2014's LGBT History Month. Nottinghamshire's Rainbow Heritage set up 13 mini displays in libraries, civic centres, a police station and Nottingham prison. On the right is the West Bridgford Library display.
They also gave LGBT history presentations at Whatton Prison and for Notts Healthcare NHS Trust. This year's innovation was a two week exhibition organised at short notice at the gallery in Central library. 27 panels covered a range of LGBT themes - see below.
They have booked the space for the whole month in 2015.
In 2013 Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust were number 4 on Stonewall's employers' index. This year they rose to second place.
As usual the Trust organised numerous LGBT History Month activities: a conference; a film night; talks; displays; training and a sponsored walk.
The pictures below show the Trust's CEO Professor Mike Cooke helping to raise the rainbow flag and the Trust’s banner.
The annual celebration and awards evening organised by Nottinghamshire's Rainbow Heritage saw awards presented to the E.on LGBT Network (shown below), to Tagadere (the HIV support group - shown on the right) and trans group Recreation.
The guest speaker was Nottinghamshire's Chief Constable, Chris Eyre (see above with members of Recreation) and the evening closed with a performance from Les Follies, who are members of the E.on LGBT Network.
Changes in the law allowed same sex marriage to take place at the end of March 2014. The pictures show two Nottingham couples, Rachel and Charlotte and Tim and Graham.
By April it was becoming more likely that the team who wanted to rescue Nottinghamshire Pride were going to succeed.
Fundraising was taking place, including via a CD of songs specially put together for Pride - thanks go to the City Council LGBT network for organising this.
Negotiations with the City Council took place around ways to organise an event which would minimize the costs.
The decision was made that the event be centred on the “Creative Quarter” of Nottingham, which includes Hockley and the Lace Market. It will use some of the roads, small squares and venues in that area, for example: Lace Market Square, the paved areas in Hockley, Broadway Cinema and bars such as the Lord Roberts, Revolution and Propaganda. Broad Street and Heathcoat Street will be closed to traffic. Having many bars, restaurants (and toilet facilities) already in place saves both money and organisational problems.
This year many local organisations made an effort to celebrate IDAHO Day - the international day against homophobia. Nottinghamshire NHS Healthcare Trust raised flags at their HQ on Porchester Road as well as at 3 hospitals; they also organised a film night, a coffee morning, displays, a walk of support and a puddings day!
Two particularly notable flag-raising events took place. One at the castle, supported by Pride, the City LGBT Network, the Police and Notts Fire and Rescue. The second was at County Hall, where previously such activities were banned by Tory leader (now ex) Mrs Kay Cutts.
In the news: Tom Daley, Casy Stoney and Mike Sams came out and Conchita Wurst wins the Eurovision song contest.
Some students at Trent University have written and article and made a recording about IDAHO day and the flag-raising at the castle. To see and hear the details, click HERE
Pride went ahead on Jul.y 26th in Hockley, as planned. To see a full report. click
HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.
Perhaps the most important end result of Pride 2014 was that it reversed the financial misfortunes of several consecutive years. The event made a profit of about £8000 and helped reduce the losses which had built up. The move to Hockley did not break Pride's amazing sequence of good weather.
No Bystanders is Stonewall's campaign to tackle bullying and abuse and a No Bystanders event was organised jointly by Notts Police and Notts Fire and Rescue. It took place at Notts Fire and Rescue HQ on November 21st.
Chief Constable Chris Eyre (see left) called on Notts organisations to attend and more importantly to sign the pledge and show their commitment to addressing this type of behaviour within the workplace and the community at large.
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Speaking Out is a collection of memories put together by the Outburst LGBTQ youth group with help from editor Victoria Villasenor.
The book was launched on November 29th at Waterstones, where the young people read out extracts from their own contributions.