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Lambeth celebrates LGBT history month

Lambeth launches its LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) history month with an event in Brixton Library on Monday February 1.

The keynote speaker will be well known author and theatre director Stella Duffy. Stella has written seven literary novels – the latest ‘The Room of Lost Things’ set in a dry cleaner’s on Coldharbour Lane – five crime novels, 35 short stories and eight plays.

Mayor of Lambeth, Councillor Christopher Wellbelove, said: “LGBT History month is an excellent opportunity for us to celebrate the valuable contribution that this community has and continues to make to life in Lambeth.”

Lambeth’s Diversity and Hate Crime Coordinator, Eren Bessim from the Met Police will host the evening and will speak about the new SMS text service for reporting hate crime.

There will be poetry by Belfast Poetry cup winner Catherine Brogan and the event, which runs from 6.15 pm to 8.30 pm and is free.

Lambeth Council Chief Executive Derrick Anderson will open the evening.

“The council is heartened by the fact that we ranked 125 out of 335 organisations in Stonewall’s 2010 Workplace Equality Index, beating our 2009 score of 253,” the Chief Executive said.

“We still have a lot of work to do, but this is welcome recognition of the progress being made.”

Events planned for the month in Lambeth libraries include a Valentine’s poetry night on Friday February 12 at 7pm at Clapham library. L’Amour Plated Poets, Aoife Mannix, Sophia Blackwell, Keith Jarrett and Dean Atta will lead the evening of love in the Library.

“Falling in love again” at the Nettlefold Hall, West Norwood Library on Tuesday 23 February, will feature a version of one of Marlene Dietrich’s last filmed UK performances. All are invited to join LGBT elders for tea and cakes, followed by the screening.

The event will also invite the community to register interest in the re-launch of the LGBT community forums.

The forums will promote the interests of the LGBT community and provide a local group that anyone with an issue or idea can speak at and be heard.

For more information on LGBT history month visit www.lgbthistorymonth.org.uk.

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