LGBT+ History Month 2024 • Vision RCL

LGBT+ History Month 2024

This year marks the 19th Anniversary of LGBT+ History Month.

February is LGBT+ History Month, an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.

In Redbridge we’re proud to have a dedicated time to celebrate and promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the communities we live in.

The theme for LGBT History Month 2024 is Medicine #UnderTheScope. LGBT History Month 2024 will be an opportunity to celebrate the lives and work of LGBT healthcare professionals who have made significant contributions to the field of medicine. It will also be a time to examine the health inequalities that LGBT people have experienced historically and still face today. 

This year, we’re working in partnership with Redbridge Rainbow Community, an organisation that works with LGBTQ+ people who live, work, socialise or study in the London Borough of Redbridge, and Eastside Community Heritage to provide an interesting, enthusing and diverse programme of events. We hope you’ll join us to celebrate LGBT+ History Month in Redbridge!

The London Borough of Redbridge will be raising the LGBT+ flag for the duration of February at Redbridge Town Hall in Ilford in solidarity with the LGBT+ community and their allies.

LGBT+ History Month at Redbridge Libraries

LGBTQ+ Archive Event: Mapping Our Stories

To launch LGBT+ History Month, join the interactive LGBTQ+ Archive Event: Mapping Our Stories archive event with Redbridge Rainbow and Eastside Community Heritage.

Listen to archived oral histories, digitally explore photographs and memorabilia, and have the chance to record your own anecdote, place it on their map and see it added to the archive for future historians to study! Discover, celebrate and share local LGBTQ+ stories together!

Health Heroes

Come along to our special Health Heroes Workshop and make a paper puppet of an LGBT+ pioneer or activist at Redbridge Central Library – Ground Floor on Saturday 3 February from 11am to 3pm.

The theme for LGBT+ History Month this year is Medicine – #UnderTheScope. The 5 individuals being highlighted under this theme are:

  • Sarah Sophie Jex-Blake
  • Cecil Belfield Clarke
  • Margaret Stacey
  • George Ward
  • Ewan Forbes

This free drop-in workshop involves drawing, colouring, cutting and simple assembly and is suitable for children aged 5+ and their families. 

Paper dolls standing in a group - groups of the paper dolls are different colours from orange, green and blue

Harmony Heroes – Paper Chain Craft

Celebrate harmony! Make & decorate a people paper chain inspired by world famous artist Keith Haring.

Wanstead Library: Wednesday 14 February 4pm-5pm

Gants Hill Library: Saturday 17 February 2pm-3pm

Goodmayes Library: Tuesday 20 February 2pm-3pm

Redbridge Central Library: Wednesday 21 February 11am-12noon

Keith Axon Centre: Wednesday 21 February 2pm-3pm

Suitable for ages 5+

Free, no booking required, just turn up!

Rainbow Vision Arch – Celebrating Our Diverse Community

Calling all young people to be part of an exciting community project led by the Barkingside Art Club Creative Ambassadors in partnership with Redbridge Libraries. Celebrate diversity, acceptance, and tolerance through art.

Help us collect and recycle plastic bottles to create a stunning Rainbow Bottle Arch of Vision in Fullwell Cross Library. Take part in sharing your vision for a more inclusive, colourful community and together, let’s make a positive change!

  • Friday 4pm-5pm (4-16 years): Feb 9th and 16th
  • Friday 5pm-7pm (For SEND Girls): Feb 9th and 16th
  • Saturday 10.15am-11.30am (4-7 years): Feb 10th and 17th
  • Saturday 11.30am-1.30pm (8-16 years): Feb 10th and 17th
  • Saturday 1.30pm-2.30pm (SEND 8-18 years) Feb 10th and 17th

* All workshops are part of Barkingside Art Club’s regular sessions and spaces are limited. Join us to create and connect.
Email Barkingside Art Club for further information about their workshops on studio@barkingsideartclub.com

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Mark your calendars for the community celebration:

Saturday 24th Feb – Community Celebration 12.30pm-1.30pm (all ages) and 1.30pm-2.30pm (For SEND participants).

A fun, interactive storytelling session for ages 3-7 based on the picture book by Lou Treleavan, Not Yet A Yeti is a story of courage, acceptance and finding yourself.

Directed by Joseph Hancock and designed by Helen Coyston for Discover Children’s Story Centre.

By arrangement with Maverick Publishing

Cover Image credit @ Tony Neal

Wanstead Library: Wednesday 21 February 11am-11.30am

Gants Hill Library: Wednesday 21 February 2pm-2.30pm

Price: £3.00
Please note, each ticket reserves a spot for one adult and one child.

Brilliant Badges – Redbridge Museum craft activity

Become a craftivist and create peaceful protest badges with Redbridge Museum for LGBTQ+ History Month.

Please print page 2 only on scrap paper!

Peace, lgbt badges and poppies on a table

Laugh-Able Comedy Evening
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Amateo Award-winning Laugh-Able Comedy Night is delighted to announce their celebration of LGBT+ History Month on Wednesday, 7 February with Luke Poulton, Essex Comedian of the Year 2019 headlining.

The evening will be hosted by guest MC Alice India.

Supporting acts are: Simon Hall, Victoria Howden, Ted Hill, Martin Dixon.

Join Laugh_Able on Wednesday, 7 February at Wanstead Library from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. BYOB. Free Refreshments. And Prizes for the best audience member! Tickets in Advance: £3 General Admission, £1 Disability or £5 on the Door:

Advice and Testing Session with Positive East

Positive East will be offering free, fast and confidential HIV testing at Redbridge Central Library on Thursday, 22 February from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. Rapid HIV testing with results provided in seconds. Positive East’s trained sexual health advisors will also be available for a chat around any issue. Free, just turn up.

Book collections

Our libraries will have LGBT+ History Month book collection displays for customers wanting to explore the subject. See here for further details and opening times of your local Redbridge Library.

LGBT+ History Month at Redbridge Museum

Redbridge Museum would like to collect stories of the borough’s LGBTQ+ communities. If you live or have lived in Redbridge, identify as LGBTQ+, and have photos, films, clothes, items or memories to share, please email redbridge.museum@visionrcl.org.uk.

Become a craftivist and create peaceful protest badges with Redbridge Museum for LGBT+ History Month this half term. Visit the events page to find out more and download the activity pack. Suitable for ages 8+

LGBT+ History Month online

Vision RCL also invite you to celebrate LGBT+ History Month using our social media platforms and online services.

Our Virtual Library gives library members access to thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines plus a wealth of information. All you need to do is search LGBT+ in your chosen platform for a treasury of reading and listening materials. Find out more here for the virtual library at your fingertips and how to sign up!

Recognising LGBT+ history month as an important opportunity to champion inclusion and equality for LGBT+ people, and to celebrate their achievements and accomplishments, Libby offers a selection of books to read during LGBT+ History Month and beyond:

Our entertainment platform Kanopy for films and documentaries has a specially curated LGBTQ Cinema collection of films, including World Cinema, drama, comedy, romance and foreign language, ranging from independent and award winning films and Hollywood blockbusters. Kanopy is free to access and watch with your Redbridge Library card.

Pride book cover