On Saturday 28th July 2018 we hosted the first Notts Queer Pride! We had two day events, Notts Big Queer Picnic in the day on the Arboretum and Mama Marsha's Big Queer Party at night at The Maze. See some info from our Facebook event pages below! 

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"✨ A free, family friendly, anti-capitalist, anti-cop and fun ALTERNATIVE to corporate and unwelcoming Notts Pride!✨

Head over and bring a picnic blanket, some food to share and invite your friends and let's make a safe space this Pride!

The park is wheelchair friendly, and we will have people to help if you anyone needs assistance at all.
There will be reserved seating for people who need it, no questions asked.

We will provide some snacks and soft drinks for those who can't afford / are unable to bring their own. But please if you can, bring some to share as well. There are several shops locally.

We will have some music playing and it will be a chilled and relaxed vibe! If you want to offer something like facepainting or bringing kids activities please contact us!

There are no toilets on the park but there are several pubs within short walking distance.

Children and families are very welcome!

Dogs are welcome, but if anyone on the day raises a concern please respectfully take your dog away.

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Alongside the picnic we will be having a workshop running nearby about transphobia and challenging TERFs. You don't need to sign up for this event, just drop in but please consider giving a small donation to be involved. 

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Picnic Guidlines:

✨ If you are bringing food to share, please make sure it is VEGAN and if it contains any allergens please LABEL clearly! Non-vegan food is welcome but won't be added to the food share.

✨ NO drugs allowed. Please go elsewhere if you wish to, as this is a family friendly event. Alcohol and spliff will be allowed as long as you are aware and respectful of others.

✨ This space has a zero tolerance policy for: Racism, xenophobia, sexism, queerphobia, lesbophobia, biphobia, transphobia, classism, femmephobia.
This also includes zero tolerance on:
Cultural appropriation, TERFs, SWERFs, religious abuse, fat shaming, slut shaming.

✨ This is a Black Queer organised event and will centre the QTIBPOC community. White people are very welcome and invited as long as they are respectful and are aware that they are guests in this space.

✨ If there are concerns about any one in this space, please speak to one of the organisers.

✨ Please clean up after yourselves and don't litter. We will have bin bags available.

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Disclaimer: this is a NOT an official Notts Pride event. This is a non-'organised' event, which is simply a picnic on the park that people can invite their friends and like-minded people to. We ask that our right to this is respected, including the need for a police-free and safe space for Queer people away from the corporate and toxic city centre Notts Pride event."

 

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"We are putting on Nottingham's only non-corporate, anti-cop, anti-capitalist, activist, Queer Pride party in memory of Marsha P Johnson. The founder of Pride and a proud Black, Trans, Sex Worker! ❤️

Put on your best drag! Get that sugar daddy to give you some drinks money! Grab your Queer crew! And get your cute asses down to a night of affordable drinks, vegan cake to die for, incredible music and performers and a safe and inclusive venue for Nottingham Pride!

✨ DJ TrYb ✨
TrYb has been a key ingredient to a good night for the last ten years. She headlined the Women's Pride stage in 2015, she brought Old School Hip-hop to Canterbury through her night ‘Back 2 Basics’’ which quickly gained notoriety not only for its long cues and packed dance floor but for the endless anthems played. TrYb eclectic style has seen her play major nights around London such as; Noughtie, Shindig, Lyrically Challenged and Holla. As well as landmark venues like: Scala, Jazz Cafe, Queen of Hoxton, Sound and Proud. She's opened up for: Florence & The Machine, Due Lipa, Haim, MC Luck & DJ Neat, Ms Dynamite and more. She currently holds residency at Heaven and La Bodega.

✨DJ kkingboo✨
kkingboo is a Brooklyn-born, London-based artist who is part of Pxssy Palace, a collective working towards eradicating sexual violence and misogyny from club culture and wider society. She has performed all over from Glastonbury to Glasgow, DC to Detroit. She's an artist manager, DJ and creative director, contributing to live events and festivals such as Afropunk, Glastonbury and Lovebox (UK), among others. kkingboo draws from deeply personal experiences, Diaspora roots, and hella courage - mixing and blending everything from trap to the cuntiest house.

✨ Cynthia Rodríguez ✨
Mexican-British writer and performer based in Leicester, constantly experimenting with the possibilities of spoken word. International, intersectional and interdisciplinary. Using poetry to convey everyday realities that may remain untold in media; particularly about feminist and queer issues, cultural and countercultural shock, mental health and self-preservation. Co-founder and host at INTRSKTR, Leicester’s first intersectional feminist group, showcasing the talents of members of the LGBT+ community and People of Colour. Co-organiser of DIY Queer Punk Festival Glitterfest, coming up to its second edition in September this year. Singer and songwriter in queer noise band ANATOMY. Currently working in several projects involving poetry, music and visual arts using artefacts such as vocal FX pedals and loops.

✨YaYa Bones✨
YaYa Bones is the musical moniker of multi-disciplinary artist Ayesha Tan Jones. Coining their genre 'dream n bass', YaYa Bones makes protest music for witches, earth core beats and UFO rhythm rituals.

Makeup station and temporary tattoo bar!

Best outfit wins a £15 bar tab!

Suggested donation £5+
Buy a ticket online to ensure entry (as it may get super busy!!)

All money raised gets split between the performers and DJs as payment for all their hard work! We will also be raising money for the #RaiseToStay campaign on the night.

18+ only.

Wheelchair accessible from back door, contact us in advance so we can let you in!
If you need seating, there will be reserved seating for accessibility, no questions asked.
There will be gender neutral toilets.

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This is a Black Queer organised event and will centre the QTIBPOC community. White people are very welcome and invited as long as they are respectful and are aware that they are guests in this space.

This space has a zero tolerance policy for:
Racism, xenophobia, sexism, queerphobia, lesbophobia, biphobia, transphobia, classism, femmephobia, ableism.

This also includes zero tolerance on:
Cultural appropriation, TERFs, SWERFs, religious abuse, fat shaming, slut shaming.

If there are concerns about any one in this space, please speak to one of the organisers.

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Please help Nottingham break out of its police centred, capitalist Pride and blossom its only Queer anti-capitalist anti-fascist ACAB event!"