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LGBT: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans

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Information on Nottinghamshire Police’s commitment to supporting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT+) community in our county.

Stonewall Diversity Champions

As part of our commitment to LGBT+ equality, Nottinghamshire Police takes part in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, a tool we use to evaluate our initiatives to promote a better working environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans employees.

We are extremely proud to be a Stonewall Diversity Champion and promote our commitment to LGBT+ equality by displaying the Diversity Champion Logo and by ensuring that all police stations have a rainbow flag emblem at the point of entry, to ensure that our services are LGBT+ inclusive.

The Chief Officer team is committed to making LGBT+ equality a reality within Nottinghamshire Police and to ensure that the services we provide address the needs and concerns of the LGBT+ community.

LGBT+ Independent Advisory Groups (IAG)

We continually encourage consultation and welcome LGBT+ community members in participating in our two independent advisory groups.

The date for the next LGBT+ IAG- Tuesday 17th October 6.00pm at Loxley House

Supporting the LGBT+ community in Nottingham City

Since the start we have been interested in working with and supporting Nottingham's LGBT community, this has been not least through our work in the city including the many initiatives and projects such as the annual high profile Pride festival, having regular meetings and contact with the community including key individuals from community groups and visits to venues, colleges and events to ensure we are giving everyone the best level of support that we can.

LGBT Role Models

West Nottinghamshire College Group have produced a couple of videos on LGBT+ Role Models.

Staff and officials across local government, the NHS, emergency services and education tell their personal stories in a series of powerful films designed to encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) colleagues to feel comfortable, and proud, to be out at work.

The films have been produced by students at Vision West Nottinghamshire College as part of a project called ‘Our LGBT+ Role Models’ spearheaded by the Nottinghamshire Diversity Champions Partnership.

The partnership includes organisations that have featured in Stonewall’s list of top 100 employers in the UK for promoting LGBT+ equality and those that display positive practice. Staff were filmed at Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Homes, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, East Midlands Ambulance Service, University of Nottingham and Vision West Nottinghamshire College. In addition to individual interviews, there is also a short video featuring clips from all participants.

They were produced by BTEC Level 3 Media Production (Film and television) students Emilie Wright, Matthew Hart and Saul Turner, operating as the New Revolution production team.

To view the compilation video also, here: https://youtu.be/2zEMIUbQOVU

As part of the ‘Our LGBT+ Role Models’ campaign, Sarah Stephenson, Disability Adviser for the University of Nottingham, shares her experience of coming out in the workplace.

You can view Sarah's video here: https://youtu.be/FQVX7z6_OwM


11 September 2021 – Nottinghamshire Pride

Chief Constable Craig Guildford, along with Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry, walked with force colleagues as part of the march, which began at the top of Albert Street, near St Peter’s church, just after 11am, before going all the way down to the Broadmarsh, with the crowds dispersing at the end of Broad Street in Hockley.

2-8 October 2017 – Nottinghamshire Pride

A week of events for LGBT+ equality, run by you. Come out for LGBT+ and hold an event for equality.

We're asking everyone to Come Out fo LGBT+ this Stonewall Season and celebrate our wonderful and diverse community.

A talk about LGBT inclusion at your workplace staff meeting or local community centre? A night of music at your local community centre, place of worship or pub to celebrate LGBT culture? Or enjoying delicious cakes and inspiring conversations with friends in your front room with our Equali-tea pack?

Need inspiration? Just visit Stonewall's website to see how you can get involved!

29th July 2017 – Nottinghamshire Pride

Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable, Craig Guildford, joined colleagues, the Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping and British Transport Police in the celebrations at Nottinghamshire Pride and participated in the march as well as staffing a stall with key partners.

8th July 2017 - Worksop Pride

Nottinghamshire Police attended Worksop Pride and had a great day talking to community members and partner organisations to share information on how to report hate crime and staying safe.

10th June 2017 - Trans Picnic

On Saturday 10th June Nottinghamshire Police and other agencies such as Nottingham City Council, Nottingham City Homes and the Terence Higgins Trust attended the first Trans Picnic which was held on the grounds of the Lakeside Arts Centre. There was a good turnout from members of the trans community and the event was relaxed, informal and fun. Luckily, the weather held out for us and we had some great feedback and messages on our wall display on the Notts Police stand. We’re all really looking forward to getting even more people to join in next year and will keep you posted nearer the time on arrangements for that event.

17th May 2017 – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia Day Celebrations

Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable, Craig Guildford joined colleagues and partner organisations to celebrate the day at an event organised by Nottinghamshire Pride Committee. The rainbow flag was raised at the Council House in recognition of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia day.

7th April 2017 - The Stonewall Workplace Conference

Representatives from Nottinghamshire Police LGBT+ Network attended The Stonewall Workplace Conference at the QE2 Conference Centre in London, participating in workshops and group discussions and shared ideas on best practice. The conference focussed on Stonewall’s ‘Vision for Change’ document which highlighted acceptance without exception for trans people. Here is the link to the document:


Speakers included La-Chun Lindsay, William Bush and Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt

The image below has Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, taking part in a panel discussion at the conference. Please see link below:


31st March 2017 – International Trans Day of Visibility

The Network, working with the EDI Team hosted the first International Trans Day of Visibility to be celebrated in the Force. The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and successes of Trans+ people and raising awareness of the work that is still required to increase Trans+ recognition inclusion and equality. The event included members of the Trans+ community sharing their experiences and stories, from the book ‘In different shoes’ guest speakers and discussions on how the organisation can better serve the community.

23rd March 2017 – Regional Launch of the Stonewall Top 100 Workplace Equality index

The force was invited to attend the regional launch of the stonewall Top 100 workplace equality index and Nottinghamshire was well represented. With the city Council, Nottingham City Homes and Notts police in attendance. The highlight for the evening was the announcement of the regional awards for organisations, allies, champions and networks. Leicestershire Police won the award for the most improved organisation and became the top force within the country for LGBT+ equality, Nottingham City Councils’ Councillor Toby Neal won the ally of the year, Derbyshire county Councils Staff support network won the Network of the year and Notts LGBT+ network was highly commended for its activities. The highest accolade for the East midlands senior champion for the year went to former Chief Constable Sue Fish. On presenting the award Stonewall’s Maria Martins said:

“The winner of this award has not only actively profiled LGBT+ equality across their organisation and made a dramatic improvement in raising the profile of the staff LGBT+ Network, as also has been a very public campaigner for LGBT+ equality awareness and hate crime within the community that their organisation serves. Though they have just retired from their career, I am sure this person will always be an ambassador for LGBT+ equality.”

Sue Fish was thrilled and surprised by winning this award and tweeted “So #PROUD to be @stonewalluk senior champion for East Midlands for 2017. Making a difference to LGBT+ colleagues & communities so important.

28th February 2017 - Rainbow Heritage Event

The annual Rainbow Heritage Awards was held on Tuesday 28th February and awards were presented to Out in Education, Sarah Lee and her team at the County Council and Trans4me. There was also the very first public screening of a short film called ‘Positive Role Models’ which was made by students at West Notts College on behalf of the Partnership. The film featured role models from a number of organisations from the Partnership which includes Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham City Council, West Notts College, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust. The Chief Constable, Craig Guildford, joined colleagues at the event as the Nottinghamshire Police LGBT+ Network champion.

24th February 2017 - LGBT+ History Month Partnership Conference

The LGBT+ Role Models conference held on Friday 24th February was chaired in the morning by Councillor Toby Neal and then the afternoon session was chaired by CC Sue Fish. Both reiterated their personal and organisational commitment to increasing awareness of LGBT+ issues in the workplace

The keynote speech was given by Adrian Hanstock, Deputy Chief Constable, of the British Transport Police who gave an insightful and amusing account of his life in policing and what it meant to come out at work. Other speakers included Councillor Michael Payne, Nottinghamshire County Council and Sarah Stephenson from the University of Nottingham. The event was attended by Network members, allies & members of the LGBT+ communities across the county and proved to be a great success borne out of the Diversity Champions partnership.

14 February 2017 - Love Not Hate Event

The event on the 14th February at the Council House was a well attended by mebers of the community to discuss issues surrounding ‘Brexit’ and its affect on community cohesion and Hate Crime. PCSOs and CPO Julian Best attended to represent Nottinghamshire Police Safer Neighbourhood and Community Protection Beat Teams and in particular the City Wide LGBT+ key indivisual networks (KINS) scheme. It was great to see so many KINs attend and look forward to attending future cohesion events in the local community especially where we can promote initiatives to reduce the incidents of hate crime.

10 February 2017 – University of Nottingham Event – Responding to LGBT+ Hate Crime

The event was a positive discussion with LGBT+ community members about the impact of hate crime and the importance of reporting.

27th and 30th January - Holocaust Memorial Day events at FHQ

On the 27th January the force held a HMD candle event at the remembrance tree at FHQ. Members of the staff support networks and a police cadet read passages about the each of the genocide’s which have taken place since the holocaust; followed by a minute’s silence. A further event took place on 30th January. CC Sue Fish opened the event and invited Phil Lyons, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire, to give a presentation on how disabled and LGBT+ people were targeted and persecuted by the Nazis. The stop hate crime coordinator from Nottinghamshire Mencap also spoke about the suffering endured by disabled victims and how thousands were killed throughout the Holocaust. The coordinator was also joined by one of the service user’s, who gave a very insightful and honest talk about his life and how Mencap have assisted him. Rabbi Perez kindly gave a closing prayer to end the event. The candles were list earlier on the day as the event took place the following week as Holocaust Memorial Day had fallen on the Sabbath.

19th January 2017 – National Launch of the Stonewall Top 100 Employers workplace equality index

Nottinghamshire police again made it into the Stonewall Top 100 Employers workplace equality index. Simon Ackroyd, Chair of the staff LGBT+ network, attended the National launch along with CC Sue Fish. It was a great achievement and celebration of the forces hard work in promoting LGBT+ equality and inclusion. Simon Ackroyd commented:

‘The Network is honoured to have been recognised as a highly commended network group this year by Stonewall. We thank those members who actively attend meetings and volunteer their help and commitment at LGBT+ events, both in force and in the community, including the Rainbow Heritage Awards and Pride in both Nottingham and Worksop. We’re looking for more volunteers from officers and staff to attend meetings and community events, as well as spreading the word about the Network, encouraging others to join us and work together to raise the profile further.’

January 2016

  • Holocaust Memorial Day: Wednesday 27 January 2016

February 2016

LGBT+ History Month: Thursday 11 February

An evening dedicated to LGBT+ hate crime at the Five Leaves bookstore. David Edgley from Rainbow Heritage will talk discuss how barriers to coming out affect the rate of reporting hate crime.

Trans Conference: Thursday 25 February 2016

Nottinghamshire Healthcare, Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council came together to host an LGBT+ History Month conference in partnership with Nottingham City Homes.

The conference took place on Thursday 25 February 2016 and was held at Nottinghamshire Healthcare’s Headquarters. This year the conference was titled ‘Who are We?: Exploring and Celebrating Trans Identities’.

It aimed to broaden delegates understanding and awareness of the range of trans identities through an exploration of the personal journeys and experiences of both individuals and organisations. It is particularly appropriate that the conference addressed trans identities following the recent publication of the Trans Equality Report.

The conference acknowledged the positive steps each of the organisations have taken to promote lesbian, gay and bisexual equality as part of our work as Stonewall Diversity Champions, however work to ensure Trans equality and inclusion within the workplace is in its infancy in some of the organisations.

The conference forms part of the extended journey to improve understanding and awareness of trans community issues, which have been overlooked in the majority of organisations - a key element identified within the Trans Equality Report.

May 2016

IDAHO Day: Tuesday 17 May

The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Bi-phobia (IDaHO) was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBT+ people internationally.

The date of May 17 was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.

This year, Nottinghamshire Police continued to celebrate the day with LGBT+ colleagues, with the wearing of t-shirts with supportive slogans.

Throughout the week, senior officers were photographed wearing the T-shirts around the Force as a demonstration of the organisations commitment to LGBT+ equality and to being an ally. 

Nottinghamshire Police  also attended the raising of the LGBT+ flag at Nottingham Castle and supported LGBT+ youth in the evening at an event at Loxley House.

July 2016

Nottinghamshire Pride: Saturday 30 July 2016

The annual Nottingham Pride event was held in July and Nottinghamshire Police officers, staff and cadets turned out to join the march and show their support for the LGBT+ community.

The march began on Albert Street at 11.30am and made its way through Market Square and up to Hockley, with Nottinghamshire Police joined by Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping.

Following the end of the march, colleagues spoke to members of the public, asking them to share their experiences of hate crime in a confidential survey and encouraging them to share a wish for Nottinghamshire. A selection of images from the event are available on the image slider.

International Day Against Homophobia Biphobia and Transphobia

Nottinghamshire Police took the lead in coordinating activities for the International Day Against Homophobia Biphobia and Transphobia on 17 May 2015. The former Chief Constable Sue Fish took part in the streaming event in market square and spoke about her personal and organisational commitment to LGBT+ equality.

Video: IDAHO 2015 - Former Nottinghamshire Police DCC Sue Fish speech
Video: LTBQ and Nottinghamshire Police
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Centre Place offer LGBT+ support to young people aged 11-16 and 16-25

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This group works to promote equality and human rights for those who experience discrimination in Nottinghamshire.

Tel: 0115 958 6515

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Offering social, support, self-help and friendship to transgendered, their friends and families from Leicester since the late seventies.

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Nottingham BiTopia is a social group for anyone who is attracted to more than one gender (and anyone who is questioning or exploring their sexuality) in the East Midlands. Non-bi partners, friends and allies are also welcome to attend.

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Providing information & support to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and associated communites of Nottinghamshire

 Tel: 0115 934 8485

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A support and social group for transgendered people.

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A unique partnership made up of Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire Police functions, drawing on civil tools and powers and a support network of specialists, all working towards a safer and cleaner city. Tel: 0115 915 2020

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QB is a free, bimonthly newsletter for the LGBT community in Notts.

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The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender history project for Nottingham & Nottinghamshire.

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Notts Trans Hub is a communication hub for all under the trans umbrella in Nottinghamshire, offering a Facebook group, monthly bulletin and Safer Space Guidelines for organisations.

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Derbyshire's Transgender Support Group

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Find a Transgender support network near you.

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TranzWiki attempts to be a comprehensive directory of the groups
campaigning for, supporting or assisting trans and gender non-conforming
individuals, including those who are non-binary and non-gender, as well
as their families across the UK.