Southwark has a long history of LGBT politics, activism and community, not least because one of the co-founders of LGBT History Month Sue Saunders is a local resident! 

Here are a few highlights from Southwark's LGBT History:

1993

The Southwark Diocese Lesbian and Gay Network is formed.

1996

The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement 20th anniversary event on the 16th November 1996 at Southwark Cathedral with John Gladwin, then Bishop of Guildford, as preacher, was the first Anglican cathedral service in Britain held for gay people.

2004

Sue Sanders, Southwark Resident, Co-founds LGBT History Month

2006

Dr Justin Varney, Southwark Resident, Co-founds the National LGBT Health Summit

2009

Cllr Jeff Hook becomes the first openly gay mayor of Southwark with his civil partner, Mr Alvin Foo Onn Lee, as his official consort.

2010

Southwark Council honors resident and LGBT human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell with a Blue Plaque

2011 

Southwark Council host LGBT History Month Queer Question Time