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NHS City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group
Brixton Reel Film Festival World Mental Health Day event
05 October 2018

A pioneering arts event exploring mental wellbeing in Black LGBTQ+ communities takes place at Hackney House on Wednesday 10 October, coinciding with World Mental Health Day (WMHD).

Organised by Brixton Reel Film Festival, the annual event, Too Black Too Queer, aims to raise mental health support and wellbeing awareness for black LGBTQ+ communities who may experience prejudice including racism, homophobia and transphobia. The event, which is now in its third year, was launched in response to the lack of research into the mental health issues of this diverse range of communities.  

There is also compelling and powerful personal testimonial experiences and evidence from black LGBTQ+ people, especially those that identify as black transgender, who may experience significant mental health challenges due to prejudice and lack of supportive environments.

Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Brixton Reel Film Festival lead and director, ImagineAsia Productions, said: “Brixton Reel Film Festival uses film and arts to pioneer awareness of mental wellbeing amongst some of the UK’s most excluded minority communities. This year we are delighted to be hosting Too Black Too Queer in Hackney and together with Thrive LDN we’re able to take this free entry festival more widely across the capital. The aim is to target a greater diversity of residents and bring a much needed understanding of mental health and wellbeing to people who may experience economic or social exclusion. That said we pride ourselves on being a feel good event where everyone is welcome.”

The Too Black Too Queer East event will host a range of cutting edge, entertaining live performances by leading and emerging black LGBTQ+ performers, short films about black LGBTQ+ experiences and spoken word performance about wellbeing. The event has already garnered a huge following by people of all ages, especially from young people keen to explore and celebrate their cultural identity in a unique space.

The event is also being supported by two of London's best known black LGBTQ+ dance and club nights - The Batty Mama and Urban World. Hackney's own LGBT Poetry Network is also supporting Too Black Too Queer.  

NHS City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group and Hackney Council’s Public Health Team have supported bringing Brixton Reel Film Festival’s annual event to Hackney.  

Too Black Too Queer is also part of Thrive LDN’s festival of culture taking place across the capital to coincide with World Mental Health Day (WMHD) on Wednesday, 10 October 2018. Thrive LDN Culture has teamed up with Brixton Reel Film Festival, the Mental Health Foundation and the Mayor of London’s Culture Team, to enable people to share their experiences directly with a wide audience through filmed story telling.

Too Black Too Queer, In association with The Batty Mama, Urban World and Thrive LDN Culture takes place at Hackney House, 27 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3LT on Wednesday 10 October from 7.30pm. To book go to: