LGBT+ History Month

Celebrate all things LGBT+ with Redbridge Libraries during February.


An exhibition by Eastside Community Heritage in partnership with Redbridge Rainbow Community.

Britain now has a strong record for equality; however this has not always been the case. Until 1967, same sex sexual activity was illegal and many people were imprisoned, ostracised and faced intense discrimination due to their sexual preferences. Despite the legalisation of homosexual acts in 1967, the battle for equality was only just beginning…and continues today.

Redbridge Rainbow Community, in partnership with Eastside Community Heritage, embarked on a project to document the experiences of Redbridge’s LGBT+ community on the road to equality. This touring exhibition tells these powerful personal stories and anecdotes of the campaigns for equality in the LGBT+ community from Redbridge, leading to the 2004 Civil Partnership Act and of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.

Please note: Exhibition dates are flexible: please check with the library before visiting.

Dates Library
Friday 1 to Thursday 7 February Fullwell Cross Library
Saturday 9 to Thursday 14 February Goodmayes Library
Saturday 16 to Thursday 21 February South Woodford Library & Gym
Saturday 23 to Thursday 28 February Wanstead Library


An exhibition by Eastside Community Heritage in partnership with Redbridge Rainbow Community.

This exhibition documented the experiences of local LGBT+ people in regards to the mental health issues within the community. Through sharing stories and experiences, we hope to empower people to challenge the previous historical narrative of the LGBT+ community as well as provide a resource for educating other communities about these experiences.

Redbridge Rainbow Community is an LGBT+ community organisation which supports any LGBT+ person living, working and playing in the London Borough of Redbridge. For more information, see their website or telephone 07471 072882 / 020 8553 3116.

Please note: Exhibition dates are flexible: please check with the library before visiting.

Dates Library
Monday 4 to Saturday 9 February Wanstead Library
Wednesday 13 to Tuesday 19 February Fullwell Cross Library
Thursday 21 to Thursday 28 February Goodmayes Library


Join Nick Dobson for an in-depth look at five major writers of the twentieth century including Christopher Isherwood, W.H. Auden and Siegfried Sassoon.

All were major contributors in literary history and all were gay.

Venue: Wanstead Library

Date: Tuesday 5 February

Time: 6.30pm to 8pm

Cost and booking: Free. Just turn up.

Enquiries: For more information contact Rhonda on 020 8708 2409 or via email.


If you enjoy reading books with LGBT+ themes then join this special LGBT+ History Month reading group.

The book for discussion will be Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, a classic of gay literature which is available to borrow at the library.

If you're thinking of attending the Reading Group and would like an advance copy of Giovanni's Room, please get in touch with Rhonda.

Venue: Redbridge Central Library

Date: Wednesday, 6 February

Time: 6.30pm to 7.45pm

Cost: Free. Tea, coffee and cake will be served.

Bookings and information: contact Rhonda on 020 8708 2409 or via email.


Good As You is an important book that celebrates the seismic shift that turned gay men in Britain from enemies to friends of the state. It’s a story of how the power of pop culture can place real pres¬sure on the government and the media, to make tangible steps towards change.

From ‘Smalltown Boy’ to same sex marriage, Paul interviews the figures integral to his own personal journey and to so many young gay men who found their voices were finally being heard in the 1980s. Paul speaks to Holly Johnson about anthems, Kylie Minogue about icons, and Will Young and Davina McCall about the landmark of reality TV. He speaks to Gary Hailes about being half of the first gay couple on EastEnders, and to David Furnish about being in one of the first publically celebrated gay couples in the UK.

But for Paul, Good As You is as much about celebrating the unsung heroes out of the limelight. Alison, a life-long friend talks about the individuals she met and helped to undergo treatment for HIV at The Lighthouse, while activist Rupert Whitaker, discusses his early encounters with an unknown disease, his own diagnosis and the impetus behind the Terrence Higgins Trust.

This is the story of Britain’s brothers, cousins and sons. Sometimes it is the story of their fathers and husbands. It is one of public outrage and personal loss, the (not always legal) highs and the desperate lows, and the final collective victory as gay people were final recognised, as Good As You.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Venue: Wanstead Library

Date: Thursday 7 February

Time: 6.30pm to 8pm

Cost: Free.

Pay bar for this event provided by The Wanstead Tap.

Bookings: Please book with the library on 020 8708 7400 or via Eventbrite.


This special event hosted by Positive East will reflect on the progress made in terms of LGBT+ rights and the journey made in relation to HIV. Along with the journey still to be travelled.

Positive East will also be screening their film “30yrs of living with HIV”.

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, York Room

Date: Friday 8 February

Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Cost and booking: Free. Just turn up.

Information: contact Rhonda on 020 8708 2409 or via email


Have you ever wanted to act but not had the time to take part in a play? Then come along to this group which will read aloud a chosen play, each participant reading a variety of characters and there’s no need to prepare in advance.

The play for this session will have LGBT+ themes. 

Venue: South Woodford Library & Gym

Date: Tuesday 26 February

Time: 7pm to 9.30pm

Enquiries: contact Rhonda on 020 8708 2409 or via email.


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