LGBT Lifestyles event at Hackney Town Hall

A DAY of music, celebration, and discussion proved one of the highlights of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) History Month in Hackney.

Pupils from Stoke Newington School performed music they had worked on especially for an event held at Hackney Town Hall on 28 February.

More than 200 people attended LGBT Lifestyles, which featured a healing tent, crèche, relaxing massage, food, as well as information on services.

Elly Barnes, a Stoke Newington School music teacher, spoke of her work promoting awareness in her school and others in Hackney.

Further musical entertainment was also provided by lesbian hip hop artist Mz Fontaine.

Also attending and addressing the event were representatives from London LGBT community safety charity Galop; Hackney s LGBT Police Liaison Service; Schools Out; and the Council’s Equality and Diversity department.

An interesting exhibition at Hackney Museum features a brief history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population through the ages, and continues until 22 March.

The display features a timeline of LGBT events and people dating from the era of Egyptian mythology through to the present day, ending with an image of the first Civil Partnership at Hackney Town Hall.

LGBT History Month was organised this year by Hackney Council’s Community Safety Team; The Green Door (Hackney’s LGBT youth project); Hackney Museum; Gendered Intelligence; and Hackney’s LGBT Police Liaison Officers.