Celebrate LGBT History Month

  • Peace reconciliation and activism the themes of the month long celebration
  • Family Fun comedy and literature events


Tower Hamlets celebrates the launch of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) history month in February in partnership with the police, ELOP and Swan Housing.


LGBT History Month showcases lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of gay rights and related civil rights movements. Themes for this year’s LGBT History Month include peace, reconciliation and activism.


A family fun day, comedy night, literary night and health events will take place between 1 February and 9 March across the borough. All events are free and open to anyone who wants to attend.    


John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:  “We have always valued the diverse make-up of our borough and the communities in it. “I would encourage everyone to join in our celebrations for LGBT History Month.”


Councillor Asma Begum, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Equalities added:

“LGBT History Month gives us the opportunity to raise awareness about matters affecting the LGBT community and to celebrate the inclusivity of our borough.”  


Anna Williams, a No Place for Hate Champion, will be holding a stall at the launch event to encourage residents to report hate crime, to encourage a sense of LGBT pride and to reassure the public that all hate crime is taken seriously.

Anna is part of a 100 strong network of champions that tackle hate crime in the community. The team, supported by the council, recently won an auspicious award for Ending Hate Together from HEAR, a leading equalities focussed charity in London.

Since the launch of the project in July 2007, 71 champions have delivered more than 1000 training and public engagement activities, reaching 50,000 people.

Anna Williams said: “I jumped at the chance of becoming a champion. I am hoping to draw on assistance from my fellow champions to represent the No Place for Hate Campaign at some of our resident events and get as many colleagues  and residents as possible to sign the No Place for Hate Pledge.”


Specialist work by the champions has included a ‘No Place for Hate Awareness Day’ at a hostel for men and women who had been sleeping on the streets.  The day was used to tackle transphobic behaviour in the hostel, and resulted in 50 people (staff and residents) signing up to the council’s No Place for Hate campaign, which aims to stamp out hate crime in Tower Hamlets.

2864 people and 142 organisations have already signed the No Place for Hate pledge.


To find out more about becoming a hate crime champion and the free training that is available to anyone who lives or works in the borough, email hatecrime@towerhamlets.gov.uk


Find out more about the month

LGBT month activity in Tower Hamlets

Saturday 9 February


Poplar Union, 2 Cotall St, Poplar, London, E14 6TL




Rainbow Family Fun Day


Storytelling, face painting and at 2pm screening of the film Storks


Tuesday 12 February



The Gallery Café

Old Ford Road

Bethnal Green

E2 9PL


Laugh it out comedy event


An evening of Free comedy

Thursday 21 February

Tower Hamlets local history and archives

277 Bancroft Road

E1 4DQ


Literary Event

Comedian writer and broadcaster Rosie Wilby discusses her stand up show and book;  Is Monogamy Dead?

Saturday 9th March.

12pm - 1.00pm on Saturday Poplar Union, 2 Cotall St, Poplar, London, E14 6TL

National Lesbian Bisexual and Trans Women’s Health Week Event





For more information about this release contact the London Borough of Tower Hamlets communications team on 020 7364 4389 or email communications@towerhamlets.gov.uk.    

Posted on Thursday 7th February 2019