Nottingham celebrated its diverse community heritage with an event at Nottingham Council house to mark the launch of LGBT history month.
The civic reception remembered the struggles suffered by the LGBT community in Nottingham, with an abundance of emotional poems that recognised how much the city has achieved in terms of acceptance.
There were speeches from Nottingham city council highlighting some of the events that will be put on around the city in partnership with Stonewall, who recently voted Nottingham city council one of Britain’s top 100 LGBT-inclusive employers.
This year marks the 50th year since the Stonewall riots and World Pride and to mark the occasion the theme for LGBT month is peace, reconciliation and activism.
The Stonewall riots were a series of demonstrations by members of the gay community against a police riot that took place in June 1969 in Manhattan. They are widely known to be one of the most important events leading to the gay liberation movement.
The month’s purpose is to primarily teach young people about the history of the gay rights movement, promote a more inclusive modern society and allow gender to be spoken about openly.
Rainbow colours are going to be shown all across the city in support of the LGBT community. Organisers hope it will encourage people to rally together under the multi-coloured flag.
Steve Grocock, co founder of LGBT Magpies Notts County.
“We are fighting now for tolerance, diversity and acceptance”
Catharine Arnold, Sheriff Of Nottingham
Catharine Arnold, Sheriff of Nottingham, said: “We still have a long way to go in terms of acceptance. We’re fighting now for tolerance, diversity and acceptance. You need a lot of love and understanding and acceptance.”
LGBT month has officially started, here are some of the events that are going on round the city:
- February 24 to 28: LGBT film season, Broadway Cinema, 6pm to late
- February 26: LGBT in Construction, Harvey Road, All day
- February 27: Rainbow heritage awards, Nottingham Council House, 7pm to 9pm