Hackney celebrates LGBT+ History Month with events throughout February


The largest ever showcase of disabled LGBT+ talent is among the many events and activities taking place in Hackney throughout February for LGBT+ History Month

First launched in 2005, LGBT+ History Month aims to increase the visibility of the histories, lives and experiences of LGBT+ people, promote their wellbeing and inclusion, and raise awareness of matters affecting LGBT+ communities. 

This year’s programme is supported by a £6,000 microgrants scheme, part of the Hackney Pride365 arts and culture initiative, to help fund community events celebrating all identities under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual). 

The programme of events includes: 

  • Walking tours with Queer Tours of London in Stoke Newington 
  • Panel discussion for Queer intergenerational women and non-binary people 
  • Zine making and film screening with Queer China UK 
  • Queer cinema at Dalston’s Rio Cinema 
  • Unfinished Histories exhibition and readings on Queer Theatre at Hackney Archives 
  • A performance of LGBTQIA+ experiences by the Arcola Theatre’s Queer Collective 
  • The largest ever showcase of disabled LGBT+ talent by ParaPride 
 Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney

In Hackney we believe LGBTQIA+ history should be remembered and celebrated all year round, but this month gives us an opportunity to focus on learning, educating, raising awareness and giving visibility to Hackney’s LGBTQIA+ communities, both past and present.

I want to say a big thank you to everyone involved. I hope that more people of every generation and identity will see stories that mirror their experience, that they feel more represented, know where to go for help, and feel safe enough to participate in future LGBTQIA+ projects with the Council.

Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney
Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Equalities

Hackney is proud of its reputation for being an open and inclusive borough, in which people of different gender identities, nationalities, ethnicity and sexuality can safely and happily call home. 

As well as being fun and educational, the programme of Hackney Pride365 events for LGBT+ History Month promotes the valuable work of Hackney’s LGBTQIA+ organisations and helps showcase Hackney’s strong history of empowering diverse communities and effecting positive change.

Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Equalities

Notes to editors 

Check out the full LGBT+ History Month calendar of events on Love Hackney 

Keep up to date with Hackney Pride365 at www.facebook.com/hackneypride365 

ParaPride will be marking LGBT+ History Month at Hackney Town Hall on Sunday 19 February, by presenting the largest showcase of disabled LGBT+ talent with a spectacular line-up of creative acts, supported by Hackney Council and Hackney Pride365. Expect comedy royalties, Drag Kings & Queens, aerial artists, pole performers, poetry, comedy, DJ sets and more. Tickets are available through Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/parapride-2023-making-lgbtq-history-tickets-480876954917