The Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, will raise the inclusive rainbow flag over the town hall to mark the start of Pride Week, which runs from 28 June to 5 June.
For the first time, the Council will be flying the inclusive rainbow flag – which includes extra colours to represent queer people of colour and trans people – in recognition of the diversity and intersectionality of the borough’s large lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, plus (LGBTQIA+) community.
With this year’s Hackney Pride 365 events programme put on hold due to coronavirus, the Council will instead support Pride Inside, a nationwide, online series of events organised by Amnesty International, UK Black Pride, Stonewall and ParaPride featuring gigs, comedy shows, panel discussions, and arts-based events.
Highlights from Pride Inside, Hackney Pride 365 and the borough’s vital LGBTQIA+ venues and community groups will be posted across the Council and Pride365 social media channels throughout the week.
It will also be a time to reflect on the Hackney Pride 365 programme to date, which was developed in partnership with our LGBTQIA+ community, with groundbreaking results. These include welcoming UK Black Pride – Europe’s largest celebration for African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Caribbean heritage LGBTQIA+ people – to the borough in 2019. And Faggamuffin Bloc Party, the first-ever carnival sound system, run by and for queer people of colour. After a successful debut at Hackney Carnival in 2018, the collective has secured £35,000 grant from Arts Council England to develop an online platform for queer black DJs, performers, artists and creatives in 2020.
A full rundown of highlights from previousHackney Pride 365 programmes can be found on a newly updated Council web page. Here you will find more information on Council initiatives to inspire inclusivity across the borough including gender-neutral toilets at London Fields Lido, rainbow crossings in prominent places, and partnering with leading LGBTQIA+ businesses and event organisers like Fringe! film festival, Too Black Too Queer, Queer Tours of London, The Glory, and vFd.
Hackney’s focus on our LGBTQIA+ community starts from the inside out. Taking this ‘downtime’ from event delivery during lockdown, the Council hopes to further develop its LGBTQIA+ staff forum to work with the community to develop the Hackney Pride 365 programme for 2021.
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The Mayor will raise the inclusive Pride rainbow flag over the Hackney Town Hall on Sunday 28 June at 10.30am. Image caption: Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville with Phyllis Akua Opoku-Gyimah, founder of UK Black Pride.
Anyone with ideas for events or projects that could be part of Hackney Pride 365 in 2021, should email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Image caption: Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville with Phyllis Akua Opoku-Gyimah, founder of UK Black Pride.