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Yes this Blog needs updating

We got distracted with other projects for a while and some of the information on this blog is now out of date – so we have begun the process of updating it. Please bear with us as we update ourselves.

Networking LGBT groups and forums across London

This blog was originally set up as the LGBTBlogLondon a few years ago, in an attempt to start networking the various LGBT groups and forums across London.

April Acts of Remembrance

Initially we focused on Lambeth, Tower Hamlets and Westminster where the London Nail Bomb attacks took place in Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho in April 1999, and Lewisham where our volunteer sessions take place.

Check out our April Acts of Remembrance archive page on our national website.

Tackling all forms of hate crime

We wanted and still want to help bring LGBT people together across London and the UK to tackle all forms of hate crime, including Biphobia, Transphobia and Homophobia.

If you want to report hate crime – check out the Report Hate Crime Page on our national website where we signpost several advice and support organisations.

Galop is a key LGBT Advice and Support charity and organisation that we highly recommend.

Rainbow Boroughs Social Media

We suggest you check out our page on our national website, like our public Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

Rainbow Boroughs Project page | Facebook page | Twitter profile.

Volunteering opportunities

Interested in joining our team? Check out our Volunteers and Staff page.

17-24-30 NationalHCAW

The Rainbow Boroughs Project is a project run by 17-24-30 NationalHCAW.

The charity organises the April Acts of Remembrance #AAR, National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NationalHCAW and an annual H.O.P.E. Campaign.

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Willow - Show Image

Willow sees protagonist Gabi chat to the audience about her break-up with girlfriend Lottie, adopting different formats from a game-show style to a Ted Talk to also seeing scenes from Gabi and Lottie’s relationship play out. Willow asks how do we tell our own stories, looking at how being certain and being truthful aren’t always the same thing, and what happens when someone you love doesn’t play the part you expect.

Though it is necessary to share the experience of coming out, and the difficulties of this, through art, I’ve recently seen a lot of queer TV, movies & theatre that focuses on trauma and I wanted to make a show with two queer, female leads where their sexuality was incidental to the plot, neither character is defined by this and we never see them struggle with their sexuality. I’m also really excited that this show has a queer writer, director and actors, as I really believe that queer people need to be given the space to tell their own stories.

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This play will also be part of double bill with Lemon House Theatre’s other show Different Sand, which follows the story of two British-Algerian sisters.

Both shows are on 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th of September, with Different Sand starting at 7 pm and Willow at 8.30 pm (with a break in between!) People can either come along to one show for £10 or buy a ticket to both for £15.

Find out more about The BUNKER Theatre on their website here.

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New April Acts of Remembrance archive added to national website


17-24-30 NationalHCAW have added a new April Acts of Remembrance archive section to their national website


The website is organised into seven sections;

 1) Home page

Layout of this website. About 17-24-30. About National Hate Crime Awareness Week. About the NationalHCAW archive. Reporting Hate crime. About Rainbow Boroughs. About the April Acts of Remembrance. Contact us. 

2) News section

News feed from our 17-24-30 WordPress blog. Subscribe to our newsletter. Social Media links – Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. Hash Tags.

3) Plan your NationalHCAW

Step by step  guide to planning your National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

4) Report Hate Crime

What is hate crime? What is a hate crime incident? How to report hate crime. Police website, independent and specialist advice and support services.

5) NationalHCAW Archive

National Hate Crime Awareness Weeks 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and link to planning 2019. National Google Maps 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. London Vigils Against Hate Crime  2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. 

6) Staff and Volunteers

17-24-30 NationalHCAW, Board of Trustees, members of staff, volunteers, other projects and join our team.

7) April Acts of Remembrance

About the April Acts of Remembrance, Remembering with Rainbows, Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho, archive section. 

New April Acts of Remembrance Archive

This section of the website covers the last 20 years, starting with the three nail bomb attacks on Brixton 17th April, Brick Lane 24th April and Soho 30th April 1999.

Admiral Duncan Reopens

It memorialises the three people who died in the Admiral Duncan attack, Andrea Dykes and her unborn child, John Light and Nik Moore. Over 140 people were injured during the three attacks.

March Against Hate Crime

It recalls the march on the 1st May 1999 organised by Lambeth Unison in partnership with the Anti-Nazi League, the National Assembly Against Racism, the National Black Alliance and the Movement for Justice, along with a number of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Community groups including Outrage, Stonewall and the London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard.

Prince Charles visited the Admiral Duncan on the 3rd May. on the 4th May the London Gay Men’s Chorus watched by a crowd of people moved the flowers from the front of the Admiral Duncan and laid them in Soho Gardens.


On the 7th May speakers including Peter TatchellKen Livingstone MP, Darryl Telles Lesbian & Gay Coalition against Racism, Tess Joseph Jewish Gay & Lesbian Group, Stephen Kristian Outrage!, Teresa Bennett Anti-Nazi League, Tom Robinson singing “Glad to be Gay”(with updated lyrics), Sue Sanders Schools Out and Sukwant Dhaliwal Southall Black Sisters spoke in front of the Admiral Duncan.

Nine weeks after the Soho bombing the Admiral Duncan re-opened on Friday 2nd July 1999 at 18:37 pm. Boy George was one of the people who spoke at the opening.

The archive includes photos of the three cherry trees that were planted in memory of Andrea Dykes, John Light and Nik Moore in the corner of St Anne’s Gardens. A photo of the original Soho plaque that went missing in 2013 and the triangular bench designed by Simon Kidd and installed by Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, on Tuesday 14th October 2003.


There is a tribute to David Morley (aka Sinders) the barman who survived the Soho Bombing but who was attacked and killed on the South Bank on the 30th October 2004.

Five years later, on the same day, David Morely was remembered during the first London Vigil against Hate Crime organised after the death of Ian Baynham.

Photos of three plaques; the Brixton plaque installed on the side of the Iceland Store on the 8th November 2000, the Soho plaque replaced in 2013 and the Brick Lane plaque which was installed on the 24th April 2019 (marking the 20th anniversary of the Brick Lane bombing).

17-24-30 NationalHCAW was founded as a Facebook group in March 2009, it evolved into the 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign later the same year, registering with HMRC (ref XT30898) in 2010. It has evolved into 17-24-30 NationalHCAW in 2019.

There is a photo from the protest in Brixton marking the 10th anniversary of the Brixton nail bomb (17th April 2009) and the Triangular bench in Soho on the 10th anniversary of the Soho bomb (30th April 2009.


There are photos from all of the Acts of Remembrance in Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho starting in April 2009 through the the last Acts of Remembrance held in April 2019. Each links to Facebook photo album’s on 17-24-30 NationalHCAW’s public Facebook page.

And finally there are links to sign up to the Acts of Remembrance planned for April 2020.

View the April Acts of Remembrance archive here:

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Rainbow Boroughs Marching Group

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Once again anti-hate crime charity 17-24-30 NationalHCAW is organising a group to march at Pride in London on Saturday 6th July 2019.

We have secured 70 wristbands to take part in the parade.

This year we hope to march with the Admiral Duncan Banner to mark the 20th anniversary of the London Nail Bomb attacks on Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho.

Each year we organise the April Acts of Remembrance to mark the anniversaries of these attacks – you can view our archive here.

At the request of the Moore family we aim to remember those killed during the attacks with rainbows. Members of Nik Moore’s family are joining us, and we have invited the London Irish LGBT Network and members of other borough LGBT Forums to join us.

If you are interested in joining our marching group – please express interest via the Google Form that we have set up here.

Wristbands will be issued on a first come first served basis – prioritising 17-24-30 volunteers, members of the Moore family, London Irish LGBT Network and members of borough LGBT Forums that are not taking part in the parade this year.

One of our aims is to ensure that the smaller borough LGBT forums who are not big enough to organise their own marching groups can join us and march together.

We aim to email confirmation of wristbands on Thursday 4th July – two days before Pride in London takes place. | Rainbow Boroughs Blog | Facebook page | Twitter

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London Borough Councils Social Media 2016

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A brief look at social media used by London’s Borough Councils and the City of London, according to the links available on their websites on the 05 march 2016


Not surprisingly all have their own websites.


Facebook is used by 28 out of 33 Borough councils. Only five councils do not have Facebook pages; Bexley, Ealing, Havering, Waltham Forest and Westminster.


All have Twitter profiles.


24 out of 33 have YouTube channels.


14 out of 33 have Flickr profiles.


Only 2 out of 33 have Instagram profiles; Camden and Tower Hamlets.


Only 1 council had a link to their Linkedin profile on their website; Camden.

Social Media Logos

Here are the links to the social media used;

London Borough Councils

City of London

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Rainbow Boroughs Marching Group 2017

Pride Marching Group

This year we organise our first Rainbow Boroughs Marching Group – and whilst the group was small, we had representation from across 8 London Boroughs.

Our objective is not to compete with other borough groups – but to provide space for people to march from the smaller groups that may be unable to organise their own marching groups, or whose own borough marching groups have met capacity – us acting as an overflow group.

It would be fantastic – if all the London Borough LGBT groups could be put together as a block on the march next year. Imagine us all walking together – and how that would significantly raise the profile of all our work.



The Rainbow Boroughs Project is a project established by the 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign to amalgamate all our LGBT work into one project.
The focus of 17-24-30 is tackling hate crime in all its forms, across all the hate crime strands; Disability, Faith, Gender Identity, Race and Sexual Orientation. We also include Alternative Subcultures and all nine protected characteristics included in the 2010 Equality Act.
Tackling Biphobia, Homophobia and Transphobia has involved working closely with LGBT organisations across London and around the UK.
We have long recognised the need for pan-London infrastructure to network the LGBT London Boroughs.
To this end – we 100% support David Robson’s objective of organising four quarterly meetings for the chairs of the London Borough LGBT Forums.
We also 100% support the new London Engagement Officer role that LGBT Consortium and GMFA are currently recruiting.
Our only reservation – is to avoid duplication, and to ensure a level playing field so that all the London Borough LGBT forums benefit collectively.
17-24-30 has just employed our first part-time member of staff working one day a week – we are currently in the process of creating a steering group to oversee the development of the Rainbow Boroughs Project.
We have a private Facebook group for key people working across the sector (we have been inviting members of borough steering committees, and key people from key LGBT organisations who we work with);
We aim to set up all the chairs with Admin status – so that collectively we can develop the group.
There is a public Facebook page for the wider community of people who want to follow our work;
And a Twitter profile
And WordPress Blog
MailChimp newsletter
We aim to produce a quarterly Rainbow Boroughs Newsletter. Here is the link to the first copy.
You can subscribe directly by following the instructions (top left corner) when you click on the above link. Alternatively – just let us know you want to join the mailing list.
Over the past 18 years we have been involved in the development of local borough forums (Westminster, Lewisham, Lambeth, Barnet). Working in partnership with, supporting and promoting the work of many other borough LGBT forums.
Here we have been mapping the London Region.
We have also been involved in many LGBT events, LGBT History Month, IDAHO and Pride, and a number of acts of remembrance to remember the victims of LGBT hate crime; those killed in the Admiral Duncan, Ian Baynham, Jody Dobrowski amongst many others.
We have observed the need for an annual Equality Calendar listing events that reflect the members of our communities – from Holocaust Memorial Day through to World Aids Day and everything in between.
Here we have been registering, listing and promoting events.
LGBT Issues
Here are a few projects we think we could collectively work on (in no particular order of priority);
1) Hate Crime – 17-24-30 would welcome more support from across the LGBT Communities as we organise the April Acts of Remembrance (marking the Admiral Duncan nail bombing each year) and National Hate Crime Awareness Week in October.
2) Youth Provision – we need the sector mapped so that we all know where to direct young people for the advice and support services they need. I also think there is an opportunity to organise a collective fundraising campaign with proceeds being split evenly between youth groups.
3) Disabled Access – an audit of all LGBT groups and venues to ensure they are more accessible.
4) Improving LBT representation – supporting key LBT people across the region.
​5) Sharing resources / Pan London awareness campaigns – working together to create more coordinated effective campaigns.
6) Training / Skills development – creating opportunities for people to learn skills. How to use Facebook, Twitter, MailChimp, WordPress etc.
​7) London Borough LGBT Awards – how do we recognise people working in our sector? ​
8) London wide events – can we pool efforts to stage bigger events?
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Harrow goes to Pride 25th June 2016


One of our new Equality objectives is to ‘Promote and celebrate the diversity of our Borough and foster community cohesion’. With this in mind, we have registered a walking group for London gay Pride which takes place on Saturday 25th June 2016.

Gay pride or Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward LGBT eople to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT rights movements throughout the world.

The theme for our walking group will be ‘Celebrating the Diversity of our Borough’ and we are hoping for as many people as possible including staff, senior managers, elected members, partners, stakeholders and community groups to join us.

If you or your organisation are interested in joining us on the parade, then email for further information.

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Mildmay Red Ribbon Gala

Inaugural Red Ribbon Gala marking the 150th Anniversary of  Mildmay.

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Order tickets here

Download Gala Sponsorship Pack


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Lambeth UNISON LGBT Group


Lambeth UNISON LGBT Group usually meets at Lambeth Council on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.


  • Jackie Lewis and Eddie Wilde
  • contact via Lambeth UNISON at Lambeth Council

Social Media


Meetings are only open to UNISON members and the time of the meetings rotate each month between lunchtime meetings and after work meetings.

  • Wed 20th April  meeting at 16:30  followed by bi-monthly meal at 18:00
  • Wed 18th May 12:30 meeting
  • Wed 8th June meeting at 16:30 followed by bi-monthly meal at 18:00
  • Wed 20th July 12:30 annual general meeting
  • Wed 17th Aug meeting 16:30 followed by bi-monthly meal at 18:00
  • Wed 21st Sept 12:30 meeting
  • Wed 19th Oct meeting at 16:30 followed by bi-monthly meal at 18:00
  • Tue 15th Nov meeting at 16:30
  • Wed 21st Dec meeting at 16:30 followed by bi-monthly meal at 18:00
  • Wed 18th Jan 12:30 meeting
  • Wed 15th Feb meeting at 16:30 followed by bi-monthly meal at 18:00
  • Wed 15th March 12:30 meeting

Agenda of Meetings

  1. Welcome, attendance and apologies
  2. Minute of last meeting
  3. Matters arising from meeting
  4. Discussion subject of the month (see below)
  5. What is happening around the workplace
  6. Publicising the group
  7. UNISON regional and national LGBT updates
  8. Other branch and union news
  9. Any other business
  10. Next meeting

Discussion subjects of the month

  • April
  • May – The IDAHOT (17th May) Theme this year is mental health.
  • June
  • July – Annual General Meeting
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March

Bi-monthly LGBT Social/Meal

Every other month the group organises a group social, usually a group meal in the Brixton area. These are open events – non-UNISON members are welcome. They will start at 6pm.

UNISON Greater London LGBT Group

The UNISON Greater London Region LGBT training and organising day has been arranged for Friday 10th June 2016. Open to UNISON members only. Deadline to register is the 20th May 2016.

  • UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY  9.30am-4.30pm
The LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans) Training and Organising day is aimed at all activists in the region – Branch Officers, Equality Reps, LGBT members and all other activists interested in learning about LGBT equalities. In fact we welcome all members in the region who are interested in fighting for equality.
Come along to hear keynote speakers, get practical help for LGBT equality in the workplace, find out more about how to set up a branch LGBT group and meet other members and activists in the region interested in LGBT equalities. Lunch will be provided. And we promise to make it FUN!
Lunch is provided. There will also be a chance to network with other members from across the region, watch a short film and to take part in a fun quiz!
More information about the programme will be out soon, but in the meantime please do save the date and if you would like to attend, please register by emailing your details to outinlondon by the 20th May 2016.

Other UNISON LGBT events

  • 15th June – Next Regional LGBT Group open meeting
  • 15th July – Trans members network meeting (Morning) and Bi members network meeting (afternoon)
  • 16th Sept – Disabled LGBT members network meeting
  • 17th Sept – Black LGBT members network meeting
  • 18-20th November – National LGBT UNISON Conference

For more information check out our UNISON page here.

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Over a hundred and fifty people turned up for the Prepster event at The Eagle London on Saturday (19/03/2016).

The evening was hosted by  Prepster co-founder Will Nutland and started with a showing of Nicholas Feustel‘s short film about the PROUD PrEP trial followed by a panel discussion of PrEP experts including;

What is Prep?

PrEP stands for pre-exposure HIV prophylaxis. It’s a way of preventing HIV infection by taking a pill on an ongoing basis before sex. It’s taken by someone who doesn’t have HIV, to prevent them from getting HIV. The PrEP pill is an antiretroviral drug – the same type of pill taken by someone who already has HIV to treat HIV.

Here is a short  American YouTube video explaining what PrEP is.

You can find out more information about PrEP on the I want PrEP Now website

What is PrEPster?

PrEPster is a campaign and information resource that aims to educate and agitate for PrEP access in England and beyond. and its related activities are produced by a volunteer group of London-based HIV prevention activists. They are independent from any statutory or voluntary sector organisations.

Take Action

PrEPster have set out 10 actions that people can take to support their work;

  1. Stay informed
  2. Tell your friends
  3. Sign the community PrEP statement
  4. Speak out against stigma
  5. Email your MP
  6. Contact your local authority
  7. Be part of the public consultation
  8. Ask your sexual health clinic
  9. Trial this!
  10. Lobby Gilead!

You can follow PrEPster on Twitter @TeamPrepster and Instragram

What was the  PROUD study?

The PROUD Study was a two year study that showed how a daily pill could offer excellent protection against HIV in the real world.

To find out more about PROUD, visit

The PROUD Study: a video documentary  by Nicholas Feustel

This documentary film explores the outcomes of the PROUD Study.


PROUD: Voices of the Participants

This documentary film explores the experiences of participants in the PROUD trial

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