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LGBT History Month

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans + (LGBT+) History Month takes place every February.

The overall aim of LGBT+ History month, which is celebrated across the UK, is to ‘promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public’.

We will be marking the beginning of this month with a flag raising ceremony.

Raising of the rainbow flag

Monday 3 February 2020, 11am at Barking Town Hall.

The rainbow flag will be raised on the council’s flagpole as a show of support to the LGBT+ community.

Residents are welcome to join council staff and councillors to gather in front of the Town Hall.

Feminist book club

Monday 10 February, 5pm at Dagenham Library.

The Feminist Book Club are going to theme their meeting to LGBT+ month, poetry, prose and plays with spoken word and poetry.

Studio 3 Arts Launch - Be&Do project

Thursday 13 February, 7.30pm at Relish Café.

Studio 3 Arts launches new project for the borough’s LGBTQ community

February sees the launch of a new arts-led project in Barking and Dagenham, designed to support and strengthen the borough’s LGBTQIA+ community. Led by Studio 3 Arts, the year long Be&Do project will use creativity as a vehicle to start conversations, tell stories, bring LGBTQIA+ people together and challenge stereotypes and myths. The project is funded by Barking and Dagenham Council and delivered in partnership with a range of local organisations.

The project is spearheaded by local artists Matty May and Grace Duggan and will kick off with a launch event on Thursday 13 February at Relish Café in Barking Town Square at 7.30pm, as part of Studio 3 Arts’ monthly open mic night, Spoken Not Stirred. The night will feature performances from high profile artists from the local and regional LGBTQ community, alongside our regular open mic performers, and the Relish bar will be open, serving drinks and hot food.

Be&Do Project website

Domestic Abuse Commission

Tuesday 18 February, 5 to 7pm at Barking Town Hall.

As part of LGBT+ History Month, the Domestic Abuse commission holding a group as part of the Domestic Abuse Commission for the LGBT+ community to come and talk about healthy relationships, and domestic abuse. All are welcome to come along for an informal and confidential conversation.

If you are unable to make this date, but would be interested in having a conversation, or have any further questions please email:

Be&Do LGBT+ community social meeting

(facilitated by Studio 3 Arts)

Thursday 27 February, 6pm at Corner House Café, Green Lanes, Dagenham, RM8 1YT.

The first Be&Do LGBTQIA+ community social meeting will take place at the Corner House Café, complimentary coffee and cake for all attendees.

LGBT+ book displays at local libraries

Fiction and Non Fiction display celebrating LGBT+ History Month.

A range of books on display for all age ranges. Including books on those questioning their sexuality, support for those who have come out, books for parents with children who are part of the LGBT+ community, some biographies of well known LGBT+ celebrities, and some books on the history of the LGBT+ community.

Barking Learning Centre (BLC)

1 to 29 February at Barking Learning Centre.

Opening times:

  • Monday to Thursday - 9am to 9.30pm
  • Friday to Saturday - 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday -  10am to 4pm

Dagenham Library

1 to 29 February at Dagenham Library.

Opening times:

  • Monday to Thursday - 9am to 7pm.
  • Friday and Saturday - 9am to 5pm.
  • Sunday - Closed

Other events

LBBD are also linking into various other events such as the:

  • Violent Crime Summit, linking in with LGBT+ History Month and hate crime.
  • Daggers Celebrate Diversity Day’ at Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club.
  • Police are launching a new scheme to support the LGBT+ community called Ask for Clive