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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
17 October-4 November, 7.30pm, Sutton House, 2-4 Homerton High St, London E9 6JQ
An immersive production of Dracula that explores LGBTQ issues returns to the National Trust Tudor house near St John's Church as part of Sutton House Queered after its sell-out run last year.
Jonny Woo's Un-Royal Variety
Friday 3-Saturday 4 November, 7.30pm, Hackney Empire Mare Street
Jonny Woo returns to the Hackney Empire stage, bringing his evening of chaos, fun and carnage with him. Held over two nights, this year's Un-Royal Variety promises to be an even bigger and bolder extravaganza than the last. Featuring new material from US drag-punk sensation, Christeene, award-winning operatic comic Jayde Adams, and Lucy McCormick. With a line-up of some of the finest talents across cabaret, dance, queer and fringe theatre, Jonny Woo's Un-Royal Variety is set to entertain and delight the crowd again.
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 email@example.com 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 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
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.