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Tower Hamlets marks IDAHOBIT with celebration and solidarity


Vigil and free events to help tackle anti LGBT+ prejudice.

People who live, work or visit Tower Hamlets are invited to take part in a number of free council events next week to mark international day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

The official celebratory day is Friday 17 May, when there will be a LGBT+ rally and peace vigil taking place from 5.30pm – 7pm at Poplar Union. The vigil will include readings and speeches with a focus on remembering victims of all forms of hate crimes.

In addition, a ‘Hatred Hurts All’ conference will take place on Wednesday 15 May from 1pm – 4pm at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives. It will focus on how the community can work together to approach and tackle hate crime.

A film screening and discussion of ‘Tomboy’ will take place on Thursday 16 May from 7pm – 10pm at Poplar Union. The discussion is hosted by Rosie Wilby, the comedian, musician, writer and broadcaster. Rosie will be joined by representatives from the anti-discrimination organisations Real, the Peter Tatchell Foundation and Galop.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:  “We have a fantastically diverse community in the borough, which we value and celebrate. One of our greatest strengths is how we support each other, especially when a part of our community faces threats or abuse. These events are a great opportunity to demonstrate that solidarity but also to share and enjoy the very best of what local people have to offer.”

Councillor Asma Begum, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Equalities said: “We have been celebrating IDAHOBIT in the borough for a number of years. It’s an important occasion to learn from each other, to share stories and to show our support to friends and neighbours who face discrimination and hate. Our “No Place for Hate’ campaign ensures that tackling all forms of hate remains a top priority for the council. I would recommend that people check out the events on offer, and get along to some of them if they can.”

All events are free and open to all. They are being delivered on behalf of the council by East London Out Project (ELOP), which offers a range of support services to LGBT+ communities.