London Borough of Hackney

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Some districts within the London Borough of Hackney
The London Borough of Hackney is an inner London Borough in East London. It was formed in 1965 by merging the metropolitan boroughs of Hackney, Shoreditch and Stoke Newington. The southern part of the borough (Shoreditch and Hoxton) is considered to be part of the East End.

LGBT history

A Gay disco was run by Tricky Dicky in the 1970s at the Hornsey Wood Tavern, 376 Seven Sisters Road (just inside the Borough). The building is now demolished.

In 1986 Hackney Woman's Football Club was founded,the first openly gay women's football team in Europe [1].

In the 1990s a lesbian and gay youth group called Staying Out met in Hackney [2].

The 2002 London Pride Festival was held in Hackney Marshes.

The pre-launch for LGBT History Month 2009 was held at Hackney Free and Parochial School.

The original Chariots sauna is in Shoreditch.

In 2011 homophobic stickers were posted in Shoreditch and Stoke Newington.[3]

Elly Barnes teaches at Stoke Newington School.

The Dalston Superstore is a well-known gay venue.

In 2024 the Labour Party suspended a candidate for a council bye-election seat for expressing a gender critical view [4].


  1. LGBT History Month: Europe's first openly lesbian team gets new kit 16 Feb 2023 (accessed 21 February 2024)
  2. Pink Paper 26 Apr 1992 carries a notice about this teenage group
  4. Labour suspends London by-election candidate who said 'trans women are not female' after transphobia complaint 16 January 2024