Newham

LGBT History Month

Every February, across the country, LGBT History Month helps to provide role models, build communities, and represents a civil rights statement about the contributions of the LGBT+ community.
This month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements has the overall aim of promoting equality and diversity for the benefit of the public. 

In Newham this February, to support LGBT History Month, we are putting together a series of events and activities across the borough. With films and author events, exhibitions and workshops there is something for everyone. 

As an outward show of support for Newham’s LGBT+ communities, on Friday 1, flags where raised on our town halls in East Ham and Stratford. These flags will continue to fly throughout February.​
With thanks to our partners The New Black Film Collective, RAW Labs, Queer Newham and Eastside Community Heritage without whom our programme of events and activities would not have been possible.
​​Event ​Description ​Address ​​Date & Time
​Newham Loves Equality: touring workshop ​These workshops will encourage participants to share their views, doubts and questions on gender and sexual diversity through a variety of creative expressions.

A space to meet others, learn, ask for support, speak up and access resources. Residents, students, families, supporters and allies are all welcome.​

Organiser: Queer Newham

The Gate Library 2-6 Woodgrange Road London E7 0QH
​Thursday 7 February

6-7.30pm
​LGBT Reminiscence ​Celebrate LGBT History Month 2019 by sharing your memories of growing up, school days, marches, campaigns, music, parties, pubs and pride in a comfortable, safe and enjoyable environment.

Organiser: Eastside Heritage

North Woolwich Library ​Thursday 7 February

6.30-7.30pm​
​LGBT Reminiscence ​Celebrate LGBT History Month 2019 by sharing your memories of growing up, school days, marches, campaigns, music, parties, pubs and pride in a comfortable, safe and enjoyable environment.

Organiser: Eastside Heritage

​Plaistow Library
​​Monday 11 February

11am-12pm
​LGBT Reminiscence ​Celebrate LGBT History Month 2019 by sharing your memories of growing up, school days, marches, campaigns, music, parties, pubs and pride in a comfortable, safe and enjoyable environment.

Organiser: Eastside Heritage

​​Custom House Library ​Tuesday 12 February

11am-12pm
​LGBT Reminiscence ​Celebrate LGBT History Month 2019 by sharing your memories of growing up, school days, marches, campaigns, music, parties, pubs and pride in a comfortable, safe and enjoyable environment.

Organiser: Eastside Heritage

​Canning Town Library ​Wednesday 13 February

6.30-7.30pm
​​Newham Loves Equality: touring workshop ​These workshops will encourage participants to share their views, doubts and questions on gender and sexual diversity through a variety of creative expressions. 

A space to meet others, learn, ask for support, speak up and access resources. Residents, students, families, supporters and allies are all welcome.​

Organiser: Queer Newham
​Manor Park Library
685-693 Romford Road
E12 5AD
​Thursday 14 February

6-7.30pm
​An evening of poetry with award winning poet, Emma McGordon​​ ​East Ham Library
328 Barking Road
E6 2RT
​Thursday 14 February

7pm
An evening of spoken word with award winning artist, Dominic Berry ​Forest Gate Library
2-6 Woodgrange Road
E7 0QH
​Tuesday 19 February

7pm
​Creative workshop ​Making and designing badges, posters and banners using LGBT+ images and signs. Images, oral histories and historical timeline factsheets related to LGBT+ history will be available for parents and carers to view and listen to while the children make badges, banners and posters. ​ ​Green Street Library ​Wednesday 20 February

3.30-5.30pm
​​​​Newham Loves Equality: touring workshop ​These workshops will encourage participants to share their views, doubts and questions on gender and sexual diversity through a variety of creative expressions. 

A space to meet others, learn, ask for support, speak up and access resources. Residents, students, families, supporters and allies are all welcome.​

Organiser: Queer Newham
​​East Ham Library
328 Barking Road
E6 2RT
​Thursday 21 February

6-7.30pm
Community Cinema: The Miseducation of Cameron Post with Q&A​ ​In 1993 after teenage Cameron is caught in the backseat of a car with the prom queen, she is sent away to a treatment centre in a remote area called God's Promise.

While she is being subjected to questionable gay conversion therapies, she bonds with some fellow residents as they pretend to go along with the process while waiting to be released.

Organiser: The New Black Film Collective

​Stratford Library
3 The Grove
E15 1EL
​​Friday 22 February

5-8pm
​​LGBT Reminiscence ​Celebrate LGBT History Month 2019 by sharing your memories of growing up, school days, marches, campaigns, music, parties, pubs and pride in a comfortable, safe and enjoyable environment.

Organiser: Eastside Heritage
​Beckton Globe Library ​Friday 22 February

6.30-7.30pm
​In conversation with Rupert Thomson, highly acclaimed author of Never Anyone But You ​Never Anyone But You, explores the gripping true story of two extraordinary women who challenged gender boundaries, and ultimately risked their lives in the fight against oppression. Theirs is a story that has been hidden in the margins of history - until now... ​​Stratford Library
3 The Grove
E15 1EL​
​Friday 22 February

6.30pm
In conversation with Peter Scott-Presland: author of Amiable Warriors, a history of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE)​ ​Plaistow Library
North Street
E13 9HL
​Saturday 23 February

3.30pm
​Queerness and Faith: discussion with short films ​Representatives from different faiths and beliefs (including secular people) will share their journey with faith and identity both in person and through short films. Participants can join the interactive discussions taking place throughout. Refreshments provided.

Organiser: Queer Newham

​​​Stratford Library
3 The Grove
E15 1EL​
​Saturday 23 February

4-7pm
​Talk on Gay and Lesbian Literature with playwright and actor, Cloud Downey ​Beckton Library
1 Kingsford Way
E6 5JQ
​Tuesday 26 February

7pm
​​​Newham Loves Equality: touring workshop ​​These workshops will encourage participants to share their views, doubts and questions on gender and sexual diversity through a variety of creative expressions. 

A space to meet others, learn, ask for support, speak up and access resources. Residents, students, families, supporters and allies are all welcome.​

Organiser: Queer Newham

​​Stratford Library 3 The Grove E15 1EL​ ​Thursday 28 February

6-7.30pm
Raising our voices - creative writing workshop for LGBTQI+ writers​ ​In this workshop, led by novelist and poet Olumide Popoola, we will explore the idea of voice in our writing.

A strong voice makes a piece of writing stand out and come alive.  Equally, we need to feel that, as writers, we can lift our voices without being pushed to the side or ignored for our themes, backgrounds, or ways of expression. 

Come and have fun with words in a supportive environment.  We will look at a short piece of LGBTQI+ writing, do writing exercises, and share with the group.
​Stratford Library ​​Thursday 28 February

6.30pm
Drink & Draw:  Exploring sexual health and removing STIgmas​ ​Hosted by Rukiat Ashawe, a sexual health blogger and activist.

We will be discussing STIs, the stigmas surrounding them and the hard facts. We will be decolonising our understanding and previous education on sexual health and wellbeing and look to how we can educate positively in the future, especially in this climate of online censorship.

Organiser: ​FEM Zine London
RAW Labs
Royal Albert Wharf
1-2 Upper Dock Walk
E16 2QJ
​Friday 1 March

6.30-8pm
The Body Utters Itself: Spoken Word, Agency and Identity​ ​Sonic Gaze brings together artists who use spoken word and performance to explore queerness and enact agency.

Organiser: RAW Labs

RAW Labs
Royal Albert Wharf
1-2 Upper Dock Walk
E16 2QJ
​Saturday 2 March

7-10pm
Drink & Draw: Deconstructing Nationality​ ​Hosted by Andrianna Lagoudes, an artist and social activist. We will be discussing nationality, privilege, and identity whilst we deconstruct borders and re educate ourselves on national identity.

Organiser: ​FEM Zine London

​​RAW Labs
Royal Albert Wharf
1-2 Upper Dock Walk
E16 2QJ
​Friday 8 March

6.30-8pm
​​​Newham Loves Equality: touring exhibition ​The exhibition contains the definition of the acronym LGBTQ+, shares some of the local and global challenges these identities face and profiles influential figures.

Organiser: Queer Newham

The Gate Library 2-6 Woodgrange Road London E7 0QH ​1-7 February
​Newham Loves Equality: touring exhibition ​The exhibition contains the definition of the acronym LGBTQ+, shares some of the local and global challenges these identities face and profiles influential figures.

Organiser: Queer Newham

​Manor Park Library
685-693 Romford Road
E12 5AD
​8-14 February
​Newham Loves Equality: touring exhibition ​The exhibition contains the definition of the acronym LGBTQ+, shares some of the local and global challenges these identities face and profiles influential figures.

Organiser: Queer Newham

​​​East Ham Library
328 Barking Road
E6 2RT
​15-21 February
​Newham Loves Equality: touring exhibition ​The exhibition contains the definition of the acronym LGBTQ+, shares some of the local and global challenges these identities face and profiles influential figures.

Organiser: Queer Newham

​Stratford Library 3 The Grove E15 1EL ​22-28 February
​Proud at Pride exhibition ​Organiser: Eastside Community Heritage ​North Woolwich Library​
​1-7 February
​History of Section 28 exhibition ​​Organiser: Eastside Community Heritage ​Custom House Library ​4-11 February
​History of Section 28 exhibition ​​Organiser: Eastside Community Heritage Plaistow Library ​11-16 February
​Proud at Pride exhibition ​​Organiser: Eastside Community Heritage ​Beckton Globe Library ​11-22 February
​History of Section 28 exhibition ​​Organiser: Eastside Community Heritage ​Canning Town Library ​25-28 February
 

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