Resilient and Resisting: Fighting for LGBT + space
Stories of resilience and marginalised voices fighting for space will come to life this LGBT History Month at Hackney Museum on 28 February, with spoken word and live performance.
The event is part of ‘Resilient and Resisting’ an artist-led project, where LGBTQI+ sex workers, squatters and activists share their stories of fighting for equality and physical spaces to exist as a community.
Attendees to the event will hear readings from the project and be able to take these stories away in the form of a zine, a type of booklet which creates a space for marginalised voices to be heard.
Historically LGBTQI+ people have fought for spaces to exist, for equal rights and places to be themselves. This event looks at how queer people have created, fought and made safe spaces for LGBTQI+ communities to exist and how as cities change these subversive spaces are often lost and unrecorded.
Artist Jet Moon, who leads the project, said: “The stories of ‘Resilient and Resisting’ are lively first-hand accounts of how people have created places of belonging and founded communities. Hackney histories from queer squatters, the early rave scene, coming out stories, glimpses into forbidden clubs, workers rights campaigns, and how it feels to fit and not fit in, all the ways that personal struggles for belonging add to the rich mix of big city life ”
Hackney is well known for its diversity and we have a reputation of welcoming everyone, but this hasn’t happened by accident. This event not only remembers the hard won victories made by our local LGBTQI+ community, but ensures that these histories are recorded for the community of tomorrow, inspiring new activists and ensuring our values of inclusivity can be shared for generations to come.
‘Resilient and Resisting’ is a collaborative project between individuals and artist/activist Jet Moon, produced with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arcola Participation.
The event at Hackney Museum is part of LGBT History Month celebrations. For more info visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/233575330854606/?ti=icl
Hackney Museum is also looking to increase its archive of artefacts associated with LGBTQI+ history in the borough. If you have a donation you would like to make to the museum archive, email firstname.lastname@example.org; or call: 020 8356 2509.