Lewisham Children & Family Centre

It’s LGBT + History Month

Every February is LGBT+ history month. Lewisham Children & Family Centres are a safe, open and welcoming place for all families regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. All our sessions are open to all types of families.

Black female couple talking and smiling holding a baby

 

The LGBT+ history month website says “2022 sees the 50th anniversary of the very first Pride March in the UK in 1972. A popular slogan of the early Gay Rights Movement (the idea of the ‘LGBT’ community was some way off) of the time was “the personal is political”, and art is probably the most individual of pastimes. We then looked for five artists (one each to represent the L,G,B,T and ‘+’ of the community) who had used their talents for “political” ends, or expressed their orientation through their work and decided on our Five Faces for 2022. Keith Haring‘s dancing figures are a perfect example as they were used to draw attention to the growing AIDS crisis of the early 1980s. Doris Brabham Hatt and Fiore de Henriquez both fought against fascism in the 1930s. Jean-Michel Basquiat began as a graffiti artist and Mark Aguhar‘s life “and mere existence was an act of confronting white hegemony. Finally, as this year’s anniversary is one on a continuing and often winding journey towards full equality, which has suffered many setbacks while still moving forwards, we took ‘the arc is long’ as our tagline, from Dr Martin Luther King jnr’s quote “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.” You can find out more about LGBT+ History month here.

 

There are lots of LGBT+ social, sports and activity groups in and around the borough for you and your family including: 

  • South London Lesbian and Bisexual Mum’s Group – Social group for Lesbian and Bisexual women headed families and their children meeting monthly in East Dulwich. There is a cost to attend but the first meeting is free. They advertise most meetings on the Meetup app or see their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/sllmg/ Next meeting on Sunday 10th February from 1500-1700 at Goose Green Community Centre, 62a East Dulwich Road, Nunhead SE22 9AT.
  • Lewisham Unitarians – local branch of the open faith community who celebrate diverse beliefs. LGBTQI+ affirming. Can conduct same sex ceremonies/weddings. Also have yoga, meditation and healing, drumming circles, death café, book discussions and more. Regular meetings every Sunday at 11am at the Meeting House, 41 Bromley Road, London SE6 2TS http://lewishamunity.org.uk
  • Blackheath Gay Men’s Yoga – weekly Yoga class for Gay men and their friends Blackheath – suitable for beginners or those with existing practice. Every Thursday at 19:00 hours to 20:30 hours at the Quaker Meeting House, 2 Lawn Terrace, Blackheath, London. Wear loose, comfortable shorts and a t-shirt and water to drink. Mats are provided but you are also welcome to bring your own. Cost: £15 – pre booking is essential: http://bit.ly/MGY-BLACKHEATH-MEN-IB

  • Lewisham Neighbourhood Gay Men’s Group – Meetup group which meets monthly and has other announcements and events, such as theatre trips, walks and wine tasting evenings. More info on their Meetup group: https://www.meetup.com/Lewisham-Neighbourhood-Gay-Mens-Group/

Black and white Dads in a white contemporary room drawing and smiling with their daughter

  • TransPals – south London based social support group for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming people. Meet on the second Saturday of every month in Croydon from 8pm until 11.30pm – contact for more information. Email: info@transpals.org.uk Website: transpals.org.uk
  •  Jacky’s Jukebox – Mixed Gay/Straight varied dance night – ballroom/line dancing, salsa, Latin, Tango, quickstep (no lessons). First Saturday of every month 7.30pm to midnight at the Rivoli Ballroom, 350 Brockley Road, SE4. www.jackysjukebox.co.uk
  • Queer Kickabout South – Informal and all ability levels welcome for a friendly football kickabout in Burgess Park weekly on Saturdays (meet next to the tennis courts). Saturdays from 1400 hours until 1600 hours. No special equipment needed. All pronouns/genders/bodytypes welcome. See their facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/496603590783251
  • South East Parakeets – Lesbian/Bisexual women inclusive women’s football practice / team. Have most of their practices and games south of the borough either at Downham Playing Fields or Bellingham Leisure Centre. Practice sessions on Wednesdays from 8pm until 10pm (Cost: £3). Always looking for new players who are 18+. Email: parakeetsfc@gmail.com Twitter: @ParakeetsFC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ParakeetsFC
  •  LGBT Mental Health Advocacy Service and Social Drop-in – weekly drop-in run by Metro Charity where people can socialise, speak to advocates, seek support or discuss mental health issues and gain help accessing services. Monthly programme of events and activities. Every Thursday 12.30pm until 3.30pm at METRO Woolwich, 1st Floor Equitable House, 7 General Gordon Square, London SE18 6FH. Email: mentalhealth@metrocharity.org.uk or Tel: 020 8305 5009

White female couple one holding their baby cooking with spaghetti and fresh vegetables

To find out more about our fun sessions for families visit our timetable page 

 

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