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LGBT+ community say safety improving in Nottingham but still more to be done

today2 July 2022

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Although June was officially the month where the world celebrates Pride, Nottingham’s celebrations don’t start until the end of July. This year will mark the return of a pride parade and full celebrations following Covid restrictions which have seen reduced numbers and a lack of events for safety reasons.

Nottingham has made significant steps in welcoming the LGBT+ community in recent years with pink plaques, initiatives and also the rainbow crossing in Hockley. But when it comes to feeling safe in the city, has authentic and lasting progress been made?

Many LGBT+ community members stress that while they feel safe, they would also love to see more dedicated queer spaces in Nottingham. The city currently has two venues, The New Forresters on St.Ann’s Street and Lord Roberts on Broad Street however there has been a series of closures in recent years not helped by Covid restrictions.



The Nottingham Pride march takes place in Nottingham city centre.
The Nottingham Pride march takes place in Nottingham city centre.

Property manager Jess Peacock says that while the majority of their experiences have been good, there is still a need for more dedicated queer spaces in the city.

“I’ve had some wonderful and awful experiences in Nottingham as a queer person. One lady gave my partner and me a flower and told us how wonderful we were together. Another time I had a beer thrown over me for refusing to kiss my partner as entertainment for lairy men in a pub. There are a few pockets of safety, but with the death of Nottingham’s gay scene, they are becoming fewer and fewer.”

They added: “They aren’t just club nights, they are a sanctuary where I don’t feel afraid to be affectionate with my partner openly.”

Nic, a genderfluid person, is in agreement that the city needs more dedicated queer nightclub spaces. Despite this, they do feel that Nottingham feels safer and more diverse now than it did when they first moved here in 2010.

“It’s been fairly safe and I’ve walked across town dressed up several times. I had one issue on a Saturday night on Broad Street where some lads shouted a slur at me but immediately a group of girls shouted back and asked if I was okay. I feel safe doing the run to Popworld as you can’t get a taxi nearby means walking across Market Square but I managed to do that recently after the big Forest match and the city was full of football fans. I had no problems but I still try to minimise risk when I can,” they said.

“Nottingham has become more accepting and diverse now than when I arrived. We have a need for a dedicated nightclub because we don’t have places to go after events. We could go to straight venues but not everyone feels safe and it depends on how extreme you present. I’m not sure everyone would feel comfortable going there if they were in drag.”



Performer Marilyn Sane on stage
Performer Marilyn Sane on stage

Marilyn Sane is a drag performer from Nottingham. They have performed across the city in many of the different bars which often means walking across the city centre in drag ready to go on stage.

They said: “As a visibly queer person, it can feel like you are never that safe. It depends on where you are in Nottingham as we have Hockley which feels a bit safer than the middle of the square but it has gotten better I can walk through town in just my drag make-up and my boy clothes. However, I don’t hang around because I don’t want to tempt fate.”

“There are worse city centres for sure but I don’t feel its that safe on a Saturday night in the centre of town. We have to be very conscious of what is happening in town as well like hockey or football matches when it’s hot or at a weekend. Town could be an absolute storm so you need to have that on your radar.”

Marilyn also feels that there is still a level of misunderstanding around the gay community.

“There is a level of misunderstanding and sometimes hatred of queer people by close-minded people. You will always get those who want to cause trouble. People can do stuff because they feel they will get away with it but if we saw more examples of people being brought up on it then it might deter others from doing the same.”

Written by: thehitnetwork

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