Rainbow flag to fly over Hackney Town Hall from July as part of year-long ‘Hackney Pride 365’ festival

People marching with Hackney Council at last year's Pride, with the banner created by street artist

People marching with Hackney Council at last year's Pride, with the banner created by street artist Stik - Credit: Archant

A rainbow flag will fly over Hackney Town Hall from next month to mark the launch of a year-long gay pride celebration.

It’s part of a festival that will also see a Hackney bin lorry converted into a float for Pride in London, bearing the message: “Don’t trash love.”

The Hackney Pride 365 festival will celebrate tolerance and diversity every single day of the year, the town hall said.

Events from gardening clubs to clubnights will be running for 12 months, themed on the borough’s historic, diverse and boundary-breaking LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex) community.

On the cards are a summer gala organised by the team at Haggerston’s The Glory pub, a family picnic, fashion show, a Jayne Mansfield themed film screening, history walks and the launch of a business network.


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Other events are expected to be announced as the year goes on.

Mayor Phil Glanville said: “Hackney is a creative, radical, and most of all diverse place with a history of tolerance that has fostered community cohesion where people from all walks of life – of different genders, sexualities and backgrounds – can come together.

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“The festival aims to remember past, often hard-won victories as well as celebrating the range of communities who live in our borough today.”

Meanwhile Pride in London is on July 8. As well as the bin lorry, 150 people – the borough’s biggest contingent ever – will march to celebrate and support LGBTQI+ culture worldwide.

A big part of the Hackney Pride 365 is addressing the dearth of LGBTQI+ history in Hackney Museum’s archive.

Anyone with ideas about events, or who would like to host something or start a project, can e-mail tara.hudson@hackney.gov.uk.

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