WE ARE LGBTQI+ FOREST GATE!
LGBTQI+ FOREST GATE is a collective of individuals from the Forest Gate community who come together to celebrate, educate, and protest for the rights of LGBTQ+ people, running events and organisations including the annual FOREST GAYTE PRIDE. This year marks the third FOREST GAYTE PRIDE with what will be our biggest and most inclusive of them all!
We work with many international and local LGBTQ+ organisations and businesses to create the best Forest Gayte Pride we can. You can learn about our supporters and partners on our Partners page!
FOREST GAYTE PRIDE 2019 takes place over the last weekend of June, with community inclusive events in the run up to the big day on June 29th. Details of all events will be posted here!
Marsha P. Johnson (left) and Sylvia Rivera (right), co-founders of the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) at the Christopher Street Liberation Day Gay Pride Parade, New York City, June 24, 1973. Credit: Leonard Fink, courtesy LGBT Community Center National History Archive
COMMEMORATING 50 YEARS SINCE THE STONEWALL RIOTS
The Stonewall riots of 29 June 1969 weren’t the first protests or confrontations between police and the LGBTQ community, but they’ve become symbolic of the growing consciousness and confidence that paved the way for the fight for equality and freedom from discrimination.
What triggered the Stonewall riots was a police raid on the Stonewall Inn. In the heart of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn was a mafia-run bar that was a hub for the neighbourhood’s marginalised LGBTQ community. In the late 60s, police raids on bars like the Stonewall Inn were commonplace – part of the continuing harassment and victimisation that LGBTQ people were experiencing. The raid on the Stonewall Inn on sparked that sense of frustration into violent protests that lasted six days and involved thousands of people. Perhaps most importantly, the riots received widespread media coverage.
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VOLUNTEER AND JOIN IN!
As a non-profit, community run event, Forest Gayte Pride couldn’t happen without the help of our wonderful neighbourhood volunteers. There are so many ways for you to get involved, please head to the volunteer page for more information, or click the links below!
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SURVEY
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN AND WHAT CAN YOU OFFER?
This year we are working with local organisations and you our local community to expand Forest Gayte PRIDE. We are seeking people to contribute to the day by volunteering to help and suggest activities/musicians/films/speakers etc for the day. We encourage all members of the community to contribute – LGBT+ and straight allies.
OUR DAY WILL BE SO MUCH MORE FUN IF WE HAVE MORE PEOPLE INVOLVED AND ENGAGED SO PLEASE HAVE A THINK ABOUT HOW YOU CAN PLAY A PART - THE DAY IS FOR EVERYONE.
Follow the link here to the Community Engagement Survey!
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
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