Hackney s LGBT History Month finale

HACKNEY school pupils brought the borough’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month to a colourful close yesterday (26 February).

A showcase of curriculum work in Hackney primary and secondary schools and the Green Door youth project, took place at the Assembly Rooms of the Town Hall, opened by Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe.

“Hackney is proud of its diverse communities,” the Mayor said. “LGBT History Month is not only about celebrating the achievements and lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, past and present but also about ensuring our commitment to making Hackney a place where people from different backgrounds get on well together.”

A community networking event took place at the Hospitality Suite in the Hackney Empire later in the day, which featured information and advice on services available. The month came to a close at the Marie Lloyd Bar, Mare Street, with an evening of entertainment.

Hackney has been at the forefront of the fifth LGBT History Month, with a host of events taking place during February, including an A-Z of gay literature produced by the borough’s libraries; a playwriting workshop on creating gay characters at Stoke Newington Library; and a forum debate at Hackney Museum.

The Council has a strong commitment to ensuring the borough is a place which is proud of its diversity, and so far more than 700 Hackney couples have formed Civil Partnerships in Hackney.

Hackney has a dedicated team of staff who support victims of hate crime, including homophobic and transphobic hate crime, and the Council also supports the Green Door Youth Project.

LGBT History Month takes place throughout February, and was officially launched at Hackney Free and Parochial School in November last year, celebrating the lives and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, past and present.

The theme of this years’ LGBT History Month was Education and Youth. Hackney Council, Hackney Museum, Hackney Empire, The Learning Trust, police, schools and youth clubs were all involved in organising events this year.