A new grassroots transgender activism group ‘Pastel Project’ is growing to achieve their goal of making Nottingham the city of sanctuary of transgender people for the UK.

The group has been created by a group of friends sharing a passion for a change who’ve decided to take matters into their own hands.

As the conversations grew, so did the amount of members getting involved; with the same igniting ideology to make Nottingham a safer place for the transgender community.

“We’ve been waiting for a while for somebody to start changing this, and why not it be us”


With Nottingham being home to over 30,000 of people who identify as being a member of the LGBTQ+ community, the city is proud to be a leading city in the United Kingdom for supporting and welcoming everyone of all sexualities.

Cities such as Philadelphia and Kansas City have already been named ‘safe havens/sanctuaries’, meaning everyone is accepted, welcome and legislation for protection is in place.

The Pastel Project is striving to make Nottingham hold the same values and achieve the status of the trans city of sanctuary. On social media, the group has posted their main objectives:

•Have all councillors attend relevant training to learn about the issues faced by trans people in Nottingham and across the UK.

•Provide training resources and information to local schools and GP practices to promote and support LGBTQ+ students, patients and the wider community.

•Write to the government calling for funding and support to be offered to the Nottingham Gender Clinic.

•Form a consultation group made of of trans and non-binary people to advise on inclusive policies.

A key engagement strategy of the activism group is setting up an environment for members to express their opinions, raise issues and develop methods of change.

Co-founders Sam and Emma talking about the focus groups.

Click for more details and how to attend the focus groups.

As part of growing their movement, The Pastel Project is gaining support from many local and national organisations/charities, and received grants to boost their momentum by launching a website in the future to raise awareness and having a page called, ‘Queer Stories’ where everyone can share stories and experiences of their life being trans or non-binary.

To get involved or find out more information, checkout out The Pastel Project on Instagram. @notts_pastel_project

For further support:

Nottinghamshire LGBT+ Network

This network is there if you want anonymous support. Volunteers are available via phone and online Monday – Friday, 7pm – 9:15pm. They offer support on sexuality/gender identity, sexual health and legal advice.

Phone: 0115 934 8485

Website: www.nottslgbt.com