LGBTQI+ festival

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: 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.

Jayne Mansfield film screening and club night

Thursday, 29 June, 8pm (film) and Friday, 30 June, 10pm-1am (club), Fontaine's, 176 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7UY

Fontaine's Bar bar in Stoke Newington presents hosts Lobotomy Room's screening of The Wild Wild World of Jayne Mansfield on the 50th anniversary of the Hollywood movie star's death. Jayne, an ethereal beauty and queer icon, will be lovingly remembered, with fans encouraged to dress up as the famous 50s blonde bombshell. The event will be followed by a Mansfield-inspired club night the next evening.

The Glory Summer Gala featuring Liza with a Z

Friday, 7 July, 8pm-2am, Stoke Newington Town Hall, N16 9ES

The Glory, one of London's leading LGBTQI venues, is excited to announce its first ever summer gala, held in the beautifully restored Art Deco ballroom of Stoke Newington Town Hall. It will feature a re-enactment of Liza Minnelli's 1972 Emmy award-winning TV show Liza with a Z with a cast of 50 including the stars of drag queen and king contests, Lipsync1000 and Man Up plus other favourite Glory performers.

Developed by the Glory's Jonny Woo and John Sizzle, this amazing event promises to be stylish, exuberant and charismatic, an incredible homage to Liza, with a contemporary Glory twist. It's also a chance to celebrate over two years of the Glory's residency in Hackney. For more information, or to book, contact The Glory.

Pride in London festival

Saturday, 8 July, all day, central London

The Council will be representing the borough with our largest ever contingent of marchers - 150 people including staff, youth and community groups, charities and local LGBTQI+ businesses. Hackney's parade entry will be led, for the first time in Pride in London history, by a bin lorry. Pride in London.

CREATE8: Fashion in a Hackney manner

Saturday, 29 July, 8am-2am, Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street, E8 1EA

Cutting edge nightclub VFDalston will be curating a fashion-themed takeover of the newly restored Hackney Town Hall. CREATE8 will be a day and night of events celebrating Hackney's world-class fashion community and raising money for local LGBTQI+ charities.

There will be an indoor market with stalls from local businesses and designers, fashion-focused talks and creative workshops, followed by a gender-carefree fashion show styled by a team of leading creatives, and a club night. For more information, or to book, see CREATE8.

Moonlight an LGBTQI+ Extravaganza by I'm Empire

Saturday 5 August, 2-4.30pm, Rio Cinema, Kingsland High Street

Talking about his black, gay experience growing up in Hackney, I'm Empire, a performance artist, is presenting a talk followed by a screening of the Oscar Award Winning Moonlight (15) at the RIO Cinema. The screening will be opened by Mayor of Hackney, Phil Glanville, and will be followed by a performance art piece inspired by vogueing. For more information and to book, visit Rio Cinema

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 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 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. Project Indigo counselling service.

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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