Pride Month

June is the month of vibrant celebration and inclusivity as the LGBTQ+ community takes the spotlight during LGBTQ+ Pride Month. The Royal Borough of Greenwich has announced a series of exciting events for residents to engage in and support. From family workshops to community initiatives, there’s something for everyone.

The Council is proactively promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion by encouraging local organisations to sign their Equality and Equity Charter. By joining this commitment, these organisations actively participate in advancing equality for all.

The Pride progress flag will proudly flutter above Woolwich Town Hall, symbolizing the Royal Borough’s dedication to LGBTQ+ rights and acceptance. And the much-loved Pride Tent will make its glorious return at Together 23 in Charlton Park on Saturday, June 10th.

LGBTQ+ Pride Month, celebrated worldwide in June, commemorates the historic Stonewall Riots that occurred in New York City on June 28th, 1969. These riots marked a significant turning point in the LGBTQ+ rights movement and paved the way for the progress and acceptance we continue to strive for today.

Local libraries will be transformed into hubs of creativity and education, specifically focusing on LGBTQ+ artists and authors. Families can participate in art and craft sessions, discovering the vibrant world of LGBTQ+ artistry. One event not to be missed is Mama G’s story time, where storytelling intertwines with celebrating personal identity.

While Pride Month is a dedicated time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and raise awareness of challenges, it is crucial to remember that this commitment to equality and acceptance should extend throughout the year. Every member of our community should feel valued, heard, and supported. Discrimination has no place in this Greenwich.

By signing the Equality and Equity Charter, residents and organizations can align themselves with the council’s mission for equality and contribute to fostering an inclusive environment across the borough. Together, we can work towards creating a society where diversity is celebrated, and everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

Below, we have highlighted some of the exciting events taking place at various libraries in Royal Greenwich throughout the month of June:

Mama G Story Time:

  • Wednesday, May 31st: 10:30 to 11:30 am at Blackheath Library and 2:30 to 3:30 pm at Woolwich Library
  • Thursday, June 1st: 10:30 to 11:30 am at Eltham Library and 2:30 to 3:30 pm at Plumstead Library
  • Friday, June 2nd: 10:30 to 11:30 am at West Greenwich Library and 2:30 to 3:30 pm at Greenwich Library

Blackheath Library:

  • A library display will be up all month.
  • Monday, June 5th: Reading group to discuss a book by an LGBTQ+ author
  • Every Wednesday in June, 11:30 am: Rainbow-themed messy crafts

Charlton Library

Every Tuesday in June, from 2.15 to 3.30 pm – Adult Wellbeing Space will explore the work of LGBTQ+ artists such as Keith Haring, Jan Pienkowski, Ahmed Umar and Katie Wells. Tuesday 6 June – Design your own picture.

Friday 23 June, 10 to 10.30 am – Storytime, 10.30 to 11.30 am – Rainbow ribbon weaving Saturday 24 June, 10 to 10.30 am, Storytime, 10.30 to 11.30 am – Design your own flag

Tuesday, 27 June, 10.30 to 11.30 am – Create your own rainbow paper wreath. Friday 30 June, 10 to 10.30 am – Storytime, 10.30 to 11.30 am – Design your own picture book inspired by the book ‘And Tango Makes Three.’