Nottingham in the News

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What the papers said about lesbians and gay men

By David Edgley

"Nottingham in the News" is the title given to 2 small publications produced by Nottinghamshire's Rainbow Heritage. They are made up of extracts from articles and letters in various newspapers which comment on lesbian and gay issues.  The earliest reference is from 1915.

The first edition of "Nottingham in the News" deals with events such as

  • Comments on the opening of a gay club in Nottingham
  • Views about the impending decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967
  • The "gay swimming furore" when many newspapers whipped up hysteria by inaccurate reports about how AIDS/HIV infection could be transmitted
  • Some councillors' attitudes to the employment of lesbians and gay men

The second edition of "Nottingham in the News" mentions

  • The controversy over Trent University's establishment of a professorship of gay and lesbian studies
  • A local gay councillor being mistaken by Italian police for a terrorist wanted by the CIA
  • The Masquerader of Woolpack Lane
  • The Worksop kilt parties

To download the documents, click HERE - you will then have to scroll about a quarter of the way down the page.

This page was added by David Edgley on 17/11/2011.

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