Hackney LGBTQI+ business network launches with 25 firms swapping ideas in Dalston

PUBLISHED: 13:03 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:04 20 June 2017

Mayor Philip Glanville speaking at the first meeting about the Hackney Pride 365 business network

Mayor Philip Glanville speaking at the first meeting about the Hackney Pride 365 business network


Some 25 firms signed up to a new LGBTQI+ friendly business network at its inaugural meeting, with many more expected to join in the coming year.

The initiative is part of the council’s Hackney Pride 365 festival, and it is hoped the quarterly lunches and brunches will generate initiatives to support equality and cohesion in the borough.

The idea came out of some 100 suggestions submitted by guests at an LGBT History Month event in February – among them, members of the LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex) community and other activists.

The invite-only launch event on Friday was hosted by Dan Beaumont in Ray’s Bar, Kingsland High Street, and attended by mayor of Hackney Phil Glanville who is spearheading the initiative.

The organisations there were from the spheres of charity, theatre, cinema, workspace provision, gardening, nightclubbing, hairdressing and retail.

Mayor Glanville said: “Hackney is proud to foster a culture of inclusion across all businesses, and through this network any extra challenges that LGBTQI+ businesses, staff and customers might face can be discussed and mitigated against.

“It aims to set a standard for workplaces in the borough to help secure Hackney’s legacy for future generations as a safe space and a visible place for our LGBTQI+ residents.”

Ideas which came up at the event included businesses adopting gender-neutral toilets like those at nightclub Dalston Superstore.

At the next meeting businesses will be asked to help create an LGBTQI+ friendly business accreditation scheme for Hackney.

To sign up to the network or find out more information email


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney Stories

Contract speculation seems to be never ending at Arsenal – and with Mesut Ozil’s improved new deal completed in January, attention now turns to Jack Wilshere.


A day after we revealed an Arsenal Legends side would take on a Real Madrid side at the Bernabeu this summer it has been confirmed there will be a return match later this year at the Emirates.


The latest news from the local boxing scene

The Argentine wants his players to remain focused despite reaching the last four of the competition on Saturday

A four-metre statue designed by street artist Stik will be unveiled in Hoxton Square later in the year after being granted planning permission by Hackney Council.

Radici is the perfect spot to while away the weekend hours finds Emma Bartholomew - especially with bottomless prosecco at £15.

The 20-year-old Clark and 19-year-old Ochieng both made over 10 appearances each for the Brisbane Road club

Tottenham’s planned Premier League fixture at Brighton on Friday April 20 has now been postponed


To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.

Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists