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Waltham Forest gears up to mark LGBT History Month

An insightful and engaging calendar of events has been put together to help residents across the borough celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning and/or queer (LGBTQ) community and its history.

It has been put together by Wood Green based arts charity Wise Thoughts, which has been commissioned by the Council to organise an array of activities as part of LGBT History Month 2017.

Wise Thoughts will present a series of film screenings, workshops and authors’ talks, starting with a Film Cafe on Monday 13 February. Led by highly accomplished and experienced filmmaker Campbell X, known around the world for her feature film ‘Stud-life’, the event will offer advice to young, upcoming LGBTQ filmmakers.

In addition, the Council will be hosting its first-ever ‘Pink’ Wedding Fair at the William Morris Gallery (Forest Road, E17 4JF) from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 4 February.

The event will give LGBTQ couples a chance to find out what the Georgian mansion has to offer, should they be planning their nuptials.

Council Leader, Chris Robbins, said: “We’re hugely proud to be such a vibrant and diverse borough, and events like these are a wonderful way to bring residents with different backgrounds and beliefs together as one community.

“As well as giving people a chance to gain greater awareness and understanding of the LGBTQ community, it also showcases the valuable contribution it has made to society.”

The finale of Waltham Forest LGBT History Month will be a cabaret extravaganza at Mirth, Marvel and Maud (186 Hoe Street, E17 4QH) on Friday 24 February.

You can follow everything that’s going on, and show your support, using #GFESTbytes on Twitter.

Tickets for events can be booked online via Eventbrite. Visit and search ‘gfestbytes’.

To see the full programme of events, visit

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