Hackney has a proud history of being a place that welcomes everyone. Starting this February, National LGBT+ History Month, and continuing through the year, we'll be creating, curating and promoting a series of community-led events designed to support equality, inclusion and cohesion.
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 will be hosting LGBT+ book stalls, highlighting LGBT+ authors and stories. You'll also be able to pick up leaflets from GALOP, an independent service helping anyone from the LGBT+ community who's experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse. 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.
Stik's Hackney Pride banner auction
Applications closed Wednesday 22 February
Local charities and voluntary groups are being invited to apply for tens of thousands of pounds in funding. Hackney was represented by a banner created by the internationally renowned street artist Stik at last year's Pride parade. It will be auctioned at Christie's in April, with all the proceeds providing a charitable grant for a voluntary and community sector organisation to deliver a Hackney-based project designed to serve the local LGBT+ community. Find out more about our community grants.
Youth Parliament mark LGBT+ history month
Monday 27 February, Young Hackney, Forest Road, 5pm-7pm, ages 8-19
What exactly is 'So gay'? Is this phrase used more by young people, and if so does that mean the younger generation are more homophobic? At what point does banter stop being harmless? Are you homophobic if you use it without thinking? Does upbringing excuse ignorant comments or is it unfair to blame people brought up with certain beliefs? Join the Hackney Youth Parliament debate and have your say.
Young Hackney LGBT+ Youth Group
We'll be launching our new LGBT+ youth group in the first week of February to coincide with LGBT+ History Month. The group will meet 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Counselling service for young LGBT+ people, or those questioning their sexual or gender identity, aimed at 13 to 25-year-olds.