An exhibition displaying the personal stories and experiences of lesbian, gay and transexual people in Hackney opens on Thursday as part of LGBT History Month
The exhibition at Hackney Museum, featuring two displays, ‘From Bedroom to Battle ground’ and ‘Out and About’, both from different LGBTQI+ groups, continues until May 8.
‘From Bedroom to Battleground’ was developed by artist Liv Wynter and members of Project Indigo, a LGBTQI+ youth group based in the borough.
One of the group, Armani, 15, from Homerton, said: “I enjoyed being part of the workshops to make the exhibition. It was good to be creative when I am feeling stressed. I am looking forward to the launch of our work as I hope it will inspire people to know that it’s ok to be who they are.”
The exhibition was funded by the auction of artist Stik’s ‘Hackney Pride’ banner last year.
Stik said: “I am proud to have helped make this project possible and feel inspired by the courage of the young people involved in presenting our community to the world.”
‘Out and About’ was created by artist Angela Groundwater together with members of Out and About, an LGBTQI+ group for over 50s.
Philip Glanville, the Mayor of Hackney, said: “I’m pleased together we’ve started to capture and celebrate the experiences of Hackney’s LGBTQI+ residents, especially giving voice to older residents who fought so hard for the freedoms we now enjoy.
This not only helps to inform the younger generation, but celebrates role models and causes they can identify with and build upon, ensuring Hackney’s values of inclusivity are shared with future generations.”