On Friday 26th July 2019 we hosted the second Notts Queer Pride! We had two day events, on the 26th we had a film screening of Happy Birthday Marsha! and a panel at Nottingham Contemporary and due to rain we had to postpone the next day's Notts Big Queer Picnic until Sunday 18th August. See some info from our Facebook event pages below! 


"In collaboration with the amazing 1525 Collective at Nottingham Contemporary we will be screening the incredible independent film Happy Birthday, Marsha! with an intersectional queer panel to follow, where we will be discussing the film, the origins of Pride and the importance of our new anti-capitalist, anti-cop and anti-corporate Notts Queer Pride. Panelists tbc.

Happy Birthday, Marsha! is a film about iconic transgender artist and activist, Marsha "Pay it No Mind" Johnson and her life in the hours before she ignited the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City.

Written and directed by Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel.

This is a FREE event, but tickets will be required for entry due to limited capacity. Donations towards the cost of the screening are accepted and there will be a donation option on the ticket site to come.

This event is wheelchair accessible and disability friendly. If you have any specific needs eg signing or questions, please contact Notts Activist Wellness or 1525 Collective directly with time in advance so we can make sure we can provide support. We are checking with the Happy Birthday Marsha! team about subtitles, we will update when we hear back.

✨ Welcome to Notts Queer Pride! ✨

Hosted by Notts Activist Wellness, we are delighted to announce 3 days of events and workshops to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community in Nottingham!

Notts Queer Pride is very important, we are creating space for our safe, inclusive, intersectional and accessible events as a direct alternative to Notts Pride. We are anti-capitalist, anti-cop, anti-corporate and we put supporting people and our community first!

These are Black Queer organised events and will centre the QTIBIPOC community. White people are very welcome and invited as long as they are respectful and are aware that they are guests in this space.

We have a zero tolerance policy for: Racism, xenophobia, sexism, queerphobia, lesbophobia, biphobia, transphobia, classism, ableism, femmephobia, whorephobia.
This also includes zero tolerance on:
Cultural appropriation, TERFs, SWERFs, religious abuse, fat shaming, slut shaming, misogynoir.

All our events follow Intersectionality, with marginalised people to the front and are safe spaces. If anyone is attending who violates that, please let an organiser know. We reserve the right to refuse entry at our discretion for the safety of the events. All our events will be disability friendly and wheelchair accessible, if you have any extra accessibility needs, please let us know asap.

Panelists information:

🏳️‍🌈 Eshe Kiama Zuri, 23, is a non-binary community organiser, inclusivity trainer and political activist. They founded Notts Activist Wellness, an organisation dedicated to self-care, self-preservation and community support in their local Nottingham area and beyond. Through this, Eshe created Notts Queer Pride as an alternative to corporate saturated pride events and UK Mutual Aid, a national Facebook group providing support to marginalised people. They also own Yemoja Foods, a vegan British-Caribbean private caterer. And founded Vegans Of Colour UK, an online netwok including, a platform for Black and PoC vegan businesses across the UK and a Vegans Of Colour only safe space Facebook group. They are newly elected as the youngest Trustee at The Vegan Society. Find Eshe on Instagram @eshekiamazuri or on Facebook, Eshe Kiama Zuri.

🏳️‍🌈 Thé is driven by justice and education, particularly when it comes to Black LGBTQIA+ issues. As a non-binary lesbian, Thé is bringing her knowledge and experience to the table in order to help younger people in similar situations feel supported. Earlier in the year as a part of the We Will Be Proud Collective they successfully gave a workshop on how to decolonize the Vegan movement. Find We Will Be Proud on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @wewillbeproud.

🏳️‍🌈 Row Seward is a Nottingham-Born Trans Activist, Model and Award-winning Fashion Designer.

She has appeared in multiple fashion magazines such as Vogue, ID and Dazed for her visibility and work for the trans community as well as creative vision. She has worked with LGBT youth and spoke at university about trans visibility in fashion and media. Find Row on Instagram @rowtheboatbitch which links to her other creative projects.

🏳️‍🌈 Marcus is a Queer Trans man punk from Nottingham. They are a young carer and working class. They study politics at Bilborough college and are very politically active in the local community as well as getting involved with national campaigns. Marcus recently set up Bilborough Help The Homeless at their college, a non-profit group that aims to raise money to help Tracy's Street Kitchen and also to help feed and clothe homeless people within Nottingham.

Marcus is a huge LGBT activist and campaigner, focusing on climate change awareness, system reform, LGBT education and equality with a focus on Trans rights. Find Marcus on Twitter @punkboi12

🏳️‍🌈 T’kya is an 18 year old mixed race artist and fashion student as well as being the textbook Leo of the 1525 collective within the Nottingham Contemporary. 1525 serves as a space for creatives within Nottingham to come together weekly to support and uplift each other, as well as planning and running workshops which help form connections and friendships within the otherwise seemingly exclusive and alienating Nottingham art scene.

Find T’kya on Instagram @thevainleo where he uses the platform to uplift not only himself through his fashion and art but also other under-represented people, such as young designers and photographers on his story."



"Notts Activist Wellness are delighted to announce our 2nd Notts Big Queer Picnic as a safe, activist and family friendly alternative to Notts Pride 2019.

We just wanted to let everyone know that we will be holding our event yearly now and are very proud and delighted with how the 2018 first ever Notts Big Queer Picnic - Notts Pride Alternative went!

Thanks Chris from Throwback Audio Visual for our promo video!

We are the ONLY people hosting an event that doesn't work with the council, the police or capitalist Pride. Please remember that, there may be copycat events after how well our 2018 launch went, but we are the only group who are running 100% grassroots and activist to the core. We see other organisers inviting the police to their 'safe' events and we can guarantee that will never happen at Notts Big Queer Picnic - the safety of marginalised people is our priority.

Event details:

✨ 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!

🎨 Arty Area with resident artist @sofftpunk on hand to help you out if you need! 🎨
Come and grab a pen and get creative! Pens, paper and stickers supplied by us! Kid friendly!

💄Make Up and Glitter Station💄
Temporary tattoos, make up and glitter fun! For donation, money raised goes to UK Mutual Aid!

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.


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.


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."