Redbridge Rainbow Community

Telephone: Mobile - 07471 072 882 / Office - 020 8553 3116

Address - c/o ECH, Cardinal Heenan Centre, 326 High Road, Ilford, IG1 1QP

Redbridge Rainbow is a voluntary group made up of LGBT+ people who live, work, socialise or study in the London Borough of Redbridge.  We:

  • arrange meet-ups for friendship and support and any ideas you have for LGBT events.

  • provide training for local organisations on LGBT+ issues.

  • work with local council, allies and partners so that the London Borough of Redbridge meets the needs of our diverse community.

Social Events

We are planning some social events so people can just meet up.

Chequers Pub, Barkingside between 6 pm and 9 pm Friday 21st June 2019.

The pub is opposite the police station down the high street. Buses 128, 167, 150, 247, 275 all serve this area.

This is for a drink and a chat and maybe some food if you like!

Valetines Park, Ilford from 1 pm Saturday 13th July 2019.

We will have a walk and a picnic and a game of frisbee.

This is a social event to meet up with people and enjoy the park as there is a lot to be seen there…

If you have any other ideas let us know!

For any of these events feel free to bring along friends and family.

If you have any other ideas let us know!

For any of these events feel free to bring along friends and family.

Pride in London

We have successfully applied to march in Pride in London on Saturday 6th July 2019.

Our march commences at 14:15 so we plan to have lunch and take part in the march.

See our events section for more details.

We have 35 wristbands for the march so please let us know if you would like to participate.

Other events will occur from 6th June.

Look at the Pride in London website for updates.

Saturday 29th June 2019 between 10 am and 2 pm at
Ilford Exchange Shopping Centre
High Road

We will be handing out leaflets by the Body Shop at the High Road entrance. Come along to say hello and sign up for the Pride In London parade.

Positive East will also attend and provide HIV and other STI testing.

Ilford Town Hall, from 4:30 pm Thursday 4th July 2019.

The annual LGBT pride festival and parade has been held each summer in London since 1972. It is one of the longest running in the UK with around one million people attending each year.

Redbridge Council is showing its support for this important and exciting event by displaying the Rainbow Flag on the Town Hall for the duration of the festival.  The flag raising event will take place on Thursday 4th July at 16.30 and you are invited to attend.

Light refreshments will also be provided following the event in the Members’ room at the Town Hall.


This is the latest upcoming date:-

Our drop-in session is open to both supporters and members of the local LGBT+ community that live work, socialise or study in Redbridge.

This drop in is for socialising and addressing any LGBT issues or ideas for events you may have.

This is a private space in our office.

Saturday 15th June 2019 between 12 pm and 2 pm at
Eastside Community Heritage

The Parish Centre
Cardinal Heenan Centre
326 High Road

Phone: 07471 072 882

Office email:

Library Stand and Drop-ins

These are the latest upcoming dates:-

Library events involve a stall set up in a visible public space to help our LGBT community raise awareness and ask LGBT and their allies to come along to our events. You are still welcome to come along and help or just have a chat with one of our volunteers.

Please ask at reception and they will guide you to our space.

We are always open to ideas for social events and support ideas that you would like to see us provide.

Thursday 20th June 2019 between 5 pm and 7 pm at
Goodmayes Library

116 High Road
Phone: 020 8708 7750

Thursday 27th June 2019 between 5 pm and 7 pm at
Redbridge Central Library and Museum
Clements Road
Phone: 020 8708 2414

Positive East will also attend and provide HIV and other STI testing.

Thursday 11th July 2019 & Thursday 1st August 2019 between 4 pm and 6 pm at
Fullwell Cross Library
140 High Street
Phone: 020 8708 9281

Tuesday 13th August 2019 between 12 pm and 2 pm at

South Woodford Library & Gym

116 High Road
South Woodford
E18 2QS
Phone: 020 8708 9067 

Library email:

Gym email:

Other Events

Monday 8th July 2019 between 6 pm and 9 pm

Our colleagues at Positive East are organising a film night at Redbridge Central Library - The film is My Beautiful Laundrette followed by a talk.

Details are on the links below

Featured projects:

Changing Minds

Watch our short documentary Changing Minds, produced for LGBTQ+ history month in partnership with Eastside Community Heritage.

Visit the website for more information on this project addressing mental health and wellbeing in the LGBTQ+ community.

Being Civil In Redbridge

An exhibition by Eastside Community Heritage in partnership with Redbridge Rainbow Community.

Britain now has a strong record for equality; however this has not always been the case. Until 1967, same sex sexual activity was illegal and many people were imprisoned, ostracised and faced intense discrimination due to their sexual preferences. Despite the legalisation of homosexual acts in 1967, the battle for equality was only just beginning…and continues today.

Redbridge Rainbow Community, in partnership with Eastside Community Heritage, embarked on a project to document the experiences of Redbridge’s LGBT+ community on the road to equality. This touring exhibition tells these powerful personal stories and anecdotes of the campaigns for equality in the LGBT+ community from Redbridge, leading to the 2004 Civil Partnership Act and of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.

Redbridge Rainbow Community 

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