Home is where the heart is: #SH30/15
Need to chill down at the weekend? Want a safe space to meet and take five? Get down to the LGBT Heart cafe, a cafe at the heart of the community.
Run by Stonewall Housing, the café is for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and friends: a safe LGBT space for you.
“We’re running the café for eight weeks over the summer to begin with,” Alex Kylén, Operations Manager at Stonewall Housing, says. “It’s a safe LGBT space: a place where LGBT people can come, have a cup of coffee or a cold drink, and get together with each other.”
The café, at the junction of Balls Pond Road and Essex Road, is usually run by the St Paul’s Steiner School, but with term time over, the school has very kindly allowed Stonewall Housing to use the space. “We want this to be a place where people feel safe, and welcome and where no explanation is needed because of their sexuality or gender identity,” Alex continued. “So far, we’ve had loads of locals coming in to say hello, and have been welcomed with open arms by the local community.”
The LGBT Heart Café (which is normally called Two Sugar Loaves) will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 til 4.00, and on occasional weekdays as well. Stonewall Housing have put a rainbow banner in the window, and will be selling home baked cakes to celebrate our 30th birthday.
In addition, we’ll be asking people to use the disposable cameras in the café to take photos of themselves making the shape of a heart with their hands. These photos will then be added to the wall of heroes that we’ve created in the café.
The LGBT Heart café’s address is: 194 Balls Pond Rd, London, N1 4AA
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This is number 15 in a series of 30: Stonewall Housing at 30.