Preparations are under way nationally for the LGBT History month, but as February nears it appears more promotion is need of events taking place in Nottingham.
This year marks the tenth anniversary since the first LGBT History Month took place in 2005. Occurring every February, the month usually sees events such as talks, performances and marches taking place across the nation.
Many cities across the country are organising events throughout February in support of the LGBT community. Nottingham will be kicking off the month with a showing of the critically acclaimed film ‘Pride’ at the Broadway Cinema on Sunday. But for the rest of February the calendar appears to be silent.
But as much as it looks like nothing will be happening to celebrate this occasion, its more to do with a lack of promotion of the events that have been organised. Chair of the LGBT+ staff network at Nottingham Trent University, Elliot Reed, says “I think the problem is getting these events promoted to the wider community.”
Compare this to nearby Lincoln and Birmingham who are holding events such as fitness classes, lectures and quiz nights which are all promoted on the LGBT History Month Website.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History month takes place every February since 2005. The event came in the wake of the abolition of Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 which saw the banning of homosexual literature from schools and libraries in February 2003.
The month is there to celebrate and also fight prejudice against the LGBT+ community. Natasha Beecher from Nottinghamshire Pride says it is important that Nottingham shows they support the LGBT community and “continue the fight because there is still a fight to be had”.