A variety of Nottinghamshire organisations will be supporting Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender History Month.
Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Vision West Nottinghamshire College, Nottingham City Council, organisations marked their support with a visible demonstration by holding the LGBT flag to mark the beginning of the history month.
The five organisations feature in the 2016 Stonewall Top 100 Employer’s Index and are among a number of organisations in the county that continue to demonstrate their commitment to LGBT equality.
Sue Fish Deputy Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police said: “We will continue to make great strides in promoting equality and inclusion for all our staff and the communities that we serve. It’s fantastic to be working with colleagues from local organisations by flying the flag as a mark of solidarity across the region.”
Each year during the month of February, events across the UK are hosted to promote equality and diversity by highlighting the history, lives, and experiences of the LGBT community.
This year the theme of the month is Religion, Belief and Philosophy following on from last year’s Hidden Histories and Coded Lives.
Nottinghamshire Police’s Equality and Diversity Advisor Lynda Kelly said: “We are very proud to be supporting LGBT History Month and will be celebrating with a number of activities in force.
She added: “LGBT History month is one of the key ways in which we can promote LGBT equality within the organisation. We will continue to be working with local colleagues to ensure we continue to promote best practice across the county.”
Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Lesbian and Gay Switchboard are an organisation set to provide support and information to the LGBT community and work with organisations to improve relations.
NNLG Switchboard believe it is important that LGBT month continues as there is still work to be done within society.
A spokesperson said: “Much homophobia, biphobia, transphobia is caused by ignorance. Information about LGBT people slowly helps to dispel some of that ignorance.
“LGBT people are still stereotyped. Revealing LGBT History, reveals also how LGBT people do not have to conform to those stereotypes.”
The University of Nottingham will be running a number of events to help celebrate and explore LGBT culture throughout the month.
The university has arranged a number of academic lectures, film showings, and discussions and more all available to members of the public.
For more information on the events visit www.nottingham.ac.uk.