The British armed forces' first 'out' trans service person, Caroline Paige, returned to Shrewsbury on 20 May 2017, after a successful visit for the LGBT History Festival earlier in the year. Caroline read from her bio True Colours and took questions. The event was held at Pengwern Books in Fish Street.
Shrewsbury's Literature Festival in November again drew attention to us.
Despite an iffy weather forecast the annual Pink Picnic turned out lovely, and was well supported: a relaxing, sociable, sharing afternoon, July 2017.
The Twelfth Rainbow Film Festival was launched by Deputy Mayor Councillor Nutting in the Old Market Hall. 23 films and a lecture, not to mention a Q&A with a director or two! One retailer had a window display of children's books relating to the LGBT theme: thank you Button and Bear for your support.
For Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 Jan 2017 - the film Triangles:
The LGBT stall featured prominently at the Cultural Diversity event in the Square, July 2017.
The National Bear Crawl visited Shrewsbury in September.
This year's Carnival award for Best Entry on Foot went to LGBT Shrewsbury! The trophy was received by two of our enthusiastic participants, Sean and Abid.
In June 2017 Shrewsbury Carnival 'Pride' entered a nautical float to win a first prize in the town carnival, which this year chose a theme of Carnival Goes Around The World. No one could resist the charm of our sailors! Vehicles were provided by Furrows Mazda and Greenhous Nissan.
The town was thronged on a hot sunny day. One participant described the experience as 'one of the happiest days of my life, finally I was out to everybody and anybody and didn't care who saw me'. Video footage here 2 min 15 sec into it, and here.
RS (Rory) Freckleton the local author attended August's Chill Out Mondays to talk about his latest novel The Custodians of the Fiery Photons, and about getting works published. Rory's latest is the concluding part of a trilogy which together form an adventurous political love story of LGBT characters. Much of it is set in Shropshire, and some even in the Old Market Hall itself! They are well worth reading. The Custodians was described as 'inspired' by one reviewer.
Shrewsbury's SAND group won AgeUK's national award Spirit of Age for 'their tireless work for a future where older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are fully integrated into, included and accepted by a whole community which values their experiences, meets their needs and offers appropriate personalised care'. Well done!