Hackney Pride 365
For the first time ever last year the Council flew the rainbow flag over the Town Hall, coinciding with the launch of Hackney Pride 365 festival to celebrate the borough's historic, diverse and boundary-breaking LGBTQI+ community.
The festival runs 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 were developed from over a hundred suggestions from residents and activists who attended an LGBT History Month event at Hackney Museum.
Keep up to date with LGBTQI+ events around Hackney by following the Hackney Pride 365 Facebook page page or searching #Pride365 on Twitter.
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.
Pride in the Park Picnic
Saturday 26 May, 1.30-3pm, Snake Park (Stonebridge Gardens), E8 4DT, drop in, all ages
A relaxed day of children's activities, including drag queen storyteller Maxi More, sports and face painting. Aimed at LGBTQI+ families in Hackney, their friends and allies, bring along a picnic and enjoy the sunshine.
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.