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.

Notes for editors:

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.

Keep up to date on everything that’s happening by following Hackney Pride 365 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Anyone with ideas for events or projects that could be part of Hackney Pride 365 in 2021, should email:

Image caption: Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville with Phyllis Akua Opoku-Gyimah, founder of UK Black Pride.

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!




You have Successfully Subscribed!