LGBTQI+ festival

Our first ever LGBTQI+ history month was a massive success. We received over a hundred suggestions for different events and collaborations to help support and celebrate the borough's LGBTQI+ venues and community, and form the first ever Hackney LGBTQI+ festival.

We're still working through them but so far the list of community-led events and collaborations that are being developed includes:

  • summer ball at Stoke Newington Town Hall
  • business brunch
  • fashion show
  • history walks
  • oral history project
  • family-focused picnic in a Hackney park
  • film screenings
  • gardening club
  • largest ever Hackney representation at London Pride

If you'd like to get involved, volunteer, share your ideas, or donate a historical object, then please contact Tara Hudson on

We also had a fantastic response to our appeal for Hackney LGBTQI+ history and artefacts from the community and have set up an LGBTQI+ history youth group, which will help collect and archive these materials.

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 or phone 020 8356 5573. Find out what's available for young LGBT+ people in Hackney.

Project Indigo

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. 

Hackney Museum

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.

Hackney Libraries

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.

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