Hackney Pride 365
We're flying the rainbow flag over the Town Hall for the first time ever this year as we launch our new Hackney Pride 365 festival to celebrate the borough's historic, diverse and boundary-breaking LGBTQI+ community.
The festival will run all year round, with community-led events that include everything from gardening clubs to club nights at some of Hackney's most well-loved venues and outdoor spaces, bringing together the local community to inspire new collaborations in future years. The events planned so far were developed from over a hundred suggestions from residents and activists who attended a launch event for February's LGBT History Month.
If you've got any ideas about the events, or you'd like to host something or start a project as part of Hackney Pride 365, please e-mail: email@example.com or call: 020 8356 3261. If you'd like to help Hackney Museum build its LBGTQI+ history collection, you can donate personal records and artefacts, or share memories via the their Historypin page.
Pride in the Park Picnic
Saturday, 26 August, 12 noon-6pm, Haggerston Park, Whiston Road, E2
A family-friendly picnic for LGBTQI+ families, their friends and allies. There will be food stalls and an ice cream van, plus the chance to meet other families and make friends. Activities for children and young people will include games, sports, crafts, face painting and more. The Council's fostering and adoption service will also be on hand to give out information on becoming a LGBTQI+ foster carer or adoptive family in Hackney. Free. See the Hackney Pride 365 Facebook page for more information Hackney Pride 365 on Facebook.
Rainbow Grow gardening club
Every Tuesday, times change seasonally - contact for details, Cordwainers Grow, Mare Street, E8
Are you a member of the LGBTQI+ community and interested in growing edible plants, while making new friends and working outdoors? Come along to Rainbow Grow, the community gardening group where diversity thrives. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or see Rainbow Grow.
Young Hackney LGBT+ youth group
Meets weekly at Young Hackney Forest Road Youth Hub, Dalston
Each week discussions will take place on LGBTQ+ history, culture, identity, sex and gender, sexual health, relationships and discrimination. There will also be time to socialise and make friends. To find out more information or to sign up for the group please email email@example.com or phone 020 8356 5573. Find out what's available for young LGBT+ people in Hackney.
Every Thursday, Off Centre, 68-82 Digby Rd, E9 6HX
A counselling service for young LGBT+ people, or those questioning their sexual or gender identity, aimed at 13 to 25-year-olds. Project Indigo counselling service.
Museum staff are calling on residents to share their records, artefacts and memories as part of a drive to develop the museum's LGBT+ history collection. They've created an online map of LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender plus) history, which you can contribute to by highlighting times and places where personal or significant LGBT+ history was made, and they'll be training volunteers in the skills needed to record residents' oral histories. More information about what's on at Hackney Museum.
Throughout February all eight of Hackney's libraries hosted LGBT+ book stalls, highlighting LGBT+ authors and stories. More information about what's on at Hackney Libraries.
Top LGBT+ book suggestions from Hackney's librarians
Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo
Barnardine Evaristo's novel centres on Barrington Jedidiah Walker, a flamboyant, seventy-four year old Hackney resident with a fondness for dapper suits and Shakespeare. Barrington is a husband, father, grandfather - and also secretly lovers with his friend, Morris.
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Former resident, Sarah Waters tells the story of seaside oyster girl Nan, who meets her heroine Kitty, a male impersonator in the music halls of 19th century London. The two begin a double act, move to London, and embark on a torrid, secret love affair.
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
This illustrated children's book, aimed at 4 to 6-year olds, fictionalizes the true story of two male penguins who became partners and raised a chick in New York's Central Park Zoo.