The 2001 official census threw up many interesting
statistics, not least the amount of people around the country who
consider being a Jedi Knight to be a religion!
But now a report has shown another interesting fact based on the
census. Nottingham has the seventh highest gay population in the
I'm very surprised to hear we have such a high gay population
a worker on the GAI project
The report was compiled by Dr Darren Smith of the
University of Sussex. He worked out the most popular gay towns in
England and Wales, and also the least popular. Brighton and Hove
came out (no pun intended) on top, and Solihull in the West Midlands
was among the least gay places.
But should we be surprised to see our own fair city on the list?
Peter Thomas is a worker on the GAI project, which promotes sexual
health among gays and lesbians in Nottingham: "I'm very surprised
to hear we have such a high gay population in Nottingham, but it
feels an honour to be part of it."
It's a good city for mixing.
manager of well known gay bar @D2
It seems Nottingham's gay scene is thriving. There
are now numerous gay bars in the city centre, along with the famous
and well established NG1 nightclub. Nottingham also has the longest
running gay night in the country - Revolution takes place on the
first Monday of every month at the Palais.
Martin Carmichael is the manager of well known gay bar @D2: "There
is a good city centre lifestyle in Nottingham. It's a good city
for mixing: it's easy going and relaxed and the dance scene is very
Nottingham still lacks the range of health and support services
needed to meet the wide-ranging needs of the local LGBT communities.
Nottingham Pride organise the largest gay pride
festival in the area. This year's event is to be held at the Arboretum
on 24th July, and the organisers are expecting 6000 - 8000 people.
Pride chair Biddy McMeel says: "Pride welcomes this survey
as it reinforces Nottingham's image as a cosmopolitan and diverse
city. However, Nottingham still lacks the range of health and support
services needed to meet the wide-ranging needs of the local LGBT
communities. We believe this issue needs addressing as a matter
of urgency and will campaign for changes to be implemented in the
With the GAI project in its tenth year, Peter Thomas hopes this
survey will send the right message to young gays: "Hopefully
these statistics will see people more comfortable accessing services,
such as the GAI project, as being gay is becoming more and more
accepted in Nottingham."
gay places in England and Wales:
|1) Brighton and Hove
10) Lewes, East Sussex