Nottingham, in the county of Nottinghamshire and the administrative capital of the East Midlands region, is 178 km from London. The city itself had a population of just over 310,000 in 2013 and, together with the adjacent suburban areas, 730,000. With two universities attracting 61,000 students, the city has a relatively young population. It is a multicultural city with about 25% of Asian, Caribbean and African backgrounds in addition to migrants from the Middle East, Latin America and Europe.
The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, which provides advice services and information on local activities, celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015. Nottinghamshire holds an annual Pride festival (this year on 30 July 2016) in Nottingham. The LGBT Consultative and Scrutiny Forum meets quarterly with the Council's Equality and Community Relations Team. The Nottinghamshire police are working with local Community Safety Partnerships
(CSPs) to increase hate crime victims’ confidence in reporting to the police, develop early interventions through a better understanding of the issues that contribute to hate crime, and improve the level of support and quality of service offered to victims