Southend UNISON members join the Basildon Pride March – A Response To Hate on Saturday 15th September

Photograph of Southend UNISON members on the Basildon mini-Pride March.
Southend UNISON members on the Basildon mini-Pride March.

Southend UNISON members joined over 200 people for the Basildon Pride March at the weekend. The march was called at short notice in response to an anti-homosexual group which has been ‘preaching hate’ outside Basildon’s LGBT club, Colors, as well as distributing homophobic leaflets in the area.

For more info. about the event read Charles Thomson’s article: Basildon Pride parade, sparked by recent ‘homophobic’ incidents, set to become annual event

Basildon Pride March in pictures.

REGISTER for your FREE TICKETS to the BASILDON mini-PRIDE After Party in Colors!

Announcement graphic showing a rainbow flag overlaid with text reading: "BASILDON mini-PRIDE."

REGISTER for your FREE TICKETS to the BASILDON mini-PRIDE celebrations in Colors on Saturday 15th September after the march!

REGISTER HERE

Due to the venue having a limited capacity entry will be by TICKET ONLY. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult!

For more information visit the BASILDON mini-PRIDE Facebook page and to make a donation please visit the event’s Crowdfunding page.

UPDATE: BASILDON PRIDE MARCH – Meet outside Toys R Us, Basildon at 11:30am on Saturday 15th September

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Join us and support the BASILDON PRIDE MARCH – A RESPONSE TO HATE.

EVERYONE WELCOME!

Meet outside Toys R Us, Basildon at 11:30am on Saturday 15th September

We will then be proudly marching to Colors Nightclub for food and entertainment.

Southend UNISON will be meeting at Southend Central train station at 10.45am, to catch the 11.03am train to Basildon.

For further information contact Sam Adams (LGBT+ Support Officer) at the branch office: unison@southend.gov.uk 01702 215 980

Join the BASILDON mini-PRIDE MARCH – A RESPONSE TO HATE – Saturday 15th September

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Homes across Basildon and surrounding areas have recently been targeted with homophobic leaflets. Xpand Christianity produces these ‘offensive’ leaflets which are being distributed by an anti-homosexual group who are regularly ‘preaching hate’ outside Colors, a gay nightclub in Basildon.

Basildon mini-Pride March has been organised in response, and Southend UNISON LGBT+ Group will be attending, alongside Southend Pride, Transpire and many other community groups.

All UNISON members and allies are urged to come along and support this event and show that there is no place for hate in our society.

More details to follow soon…


Related Articles:

Basildon councillor files second ‘anti-gay hate crime’ police report in two weeks, as preachers set up stall outside Colors nightclub

Essex Police probes ‘offensive’ leaflet drop in Basildon, as Christian group which produced it claims, ‘Sodomites and lesbians are coming for us.’

Southend Pride starts today!

Photograph of Pride Flag raised at the Civic Centre, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to celebrate the start of Southend Pride. (13.07.18)
Pride Flag raised at the Civic Centre, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to celebrate the start of Southend Pride. (13.07.18)

The first events of Southend Pride start today – TRANSPIRE SOCIAL & OPENING PARTY – visit southendpride.org.uk for details … an exciting week ahead! ❤🧡💛💚💙💜

Photograph by Michael Sargood, Senior Media Relations Advisor, SBC

Southend Pride. Not Long To Go!

Announcement graphic showing UNISON Southend-on-Sea logo with LGBT+ Rainbow Flag coloured ribbons alongside Southend Pride logo and text reading: "Southend Pride 14–21 July 2018"

Less than two weeks to go till all the Southend Pride events begin including film, comedy and poetry nights. Check out these events and much more on the Southend Pride website: southendpride.org.uk and

All events are FREE!! And don’t forget the Parade up Southend High Street on 21st July, followed by the Festival in Warrior Square Gardens.

UNISON will be marching in the Pride Parade. Get behind our banner and wave a placard.

Assemble at Pier Hill at 11:30 am, for the 12:00 start.

Let’s make some noise! And don’t forget to also join us on the UNISON stall in Warrior Square. 😁

Southend Pride poster showing a stick of rock with RESPECT lettering embedded throughout the length. The poster text reads: "Southend Pride 14–21 July 2018" which appears above associated web and social media addresses. These addresses are repeated in the accompanying posts.

www.southendpride.org.uk       

Southend Pride Disco Fundraiser on Friday 29 June, 8:30pm–1:00am

Come along and party to support your Southend Pride!

Announcement graphic reading: "High Tide 29 June" alongside a list of disco, Euro trash, art rock and dance pop artists.

High Tide returns to Twenty One on Friday 29 June with more disco hits, Euro trash, art rock and dance pop.

£5 entry. All proceed supporting Southend Pride.

Venue: Twenty One, Unit 21, Pier Approach, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2EH
Time: 8:30pm–1:00am

For more info. please visit the Facebook event page!

Also, don’t forget this Friday’s Mecca Bingo Pride Fundraiser.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea hosted a celebration of all things LGBT+ with TRANSPIRE and OUTreach

Image displaying UNISON Southend-on-Sea (with Rainbow Flag ribbons), Transpire and OUTreach logos (on the left) and a group photograph of associated members (on the right).

On 27th February, UNISON Southend-on-Sea hosted a celebration for LGBT+ History Month. LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.

Group photograph featuring Sam Adams (LGBT+ Officer) presenting a cheque for £100 from UNISON Southend-on-Sea branch to help TRANSPIRE continue its work supporting the local community.
Sam Adams (LGBT+ Officer) presenting a cheque for £100 from UNISON Southend-on-Sea branch to help TRANSPIRE continue its work supporting the local community.

In the Jubilee Room at the Civic Centre stalls were set-up, representing community organisations and workplaces from across the borough. In addition, Gina Denham, founder and chair of TRANSPIRE (a Southend based Transgender Support Network) gave an informative and entertaining presentation on both transitioning as well as diversity at work. Read TRANSPIRE member Ren Stedman’s excellent article here.

The event closed with UNISON Southend, OUTreach (Southend Borough Council LGBT+ staff forum) and TRANSPIRE joining together to raise the Rainbow Flag above the Civic Centre.

Photograph of UNISON Southend-on-Sea, Transpire and OUTreach members joining together to raise the Rainbow Flag.
UNISON Southend-on-Sea, TRANSPIRE and OUTreach members joining together to raise the Rainbow Flag.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea LGBT+ self-organised group are here to support members, raise awareness, challenge discrimination, and make links with the wider LGBT+ community of Southend and beyond.

For more information or advice contact Sam Adams (LGBT+ Officer) via the UNISON Office.

Photograph of the Rainbow Flag flying high at the Civic Centre, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.
The Rainbow Flag flying high at the Civic Centre, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.