LGBT events confirmed for year ahead

As Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month draws to a close for another year, Tower Hamlets Council has confirmed that a local community group will be delivering LGBT events in the borough for the next twelve months.

Rainbow Hamlets will deliver a programme of events and activities to promote LGBT equality and celebrate the borough’s diversity.

There are plans for a festival for East London Pride later this summer and a range of new events for LGBT History Month in February 2014, plus events to mark International Day Against Homophobia, World Aids Day and Transgender Remembrance Day.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman said: “Working with third sector organisations to celebrate and promote the diversity of Tower Hamlets is central to our approach to build a borough we are all proud of. I’m delighted that Rainbow Hamlets will be driving forward this agenda for the LGBT community in the next year.”

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ohid Ahmed, added: “At the heart of building One Tower Hamlets is our work to tackle inequality and strengthen cohesion in our borough.”

Last month, Tower Hamlets Council was included in the prestigious Stonewall Workplace Equality Index – a list which showcases Britain’s best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. The council was named most gay-friendly employer out of all the local authorities in London.

Chair of Rainbow Hamlets, Jack Gilbert, said: “Tower Hamlets is blessed with a rich LGBT heritage and a local population of LGBT people drawn from all ages, races, cultures and creeds. We are grateful to the council for this grant. It will not only help reinforce our partnership with them, but also will help build community life and participation in Tower Hamlets to new levels. We’d like to hear from anyone who would like to find out more or get involved in our work."

For more information about the work of Rainbow Hamlets visit

March 1, 2013