Transgender Day of Remembrance – Tuesday 20 November – #TransAwarenessWeek

Announcement graphic reading: "TDoR - Transgender Day of Remembrance. RAISING THE TRANSGENDER FLAG, 1:45pm, Tuesday 20th November. Assemble under the flagpole next to the Council's Car Park." This announcement text overlaids a photograph of a raised transgender flag at the Civic Centre, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

This year Southend UNISONTranspire and Southend Borough Council will be raising the transgender flag to remember and honour transgender people around the world whose lives have been lost to anti-transgender violence.

We will be raising the transgender flag at 1:45pm on Tuesday 20th November. Please support by assembling under the flagpole next to the Council’s Car Park.

Also beforehand, visit the Southend UNISON stall in the SBC Civic Centre foyer from 12:00am for advise, support and a chat.

Everyone welcome, we look forward to seeing you there!

Image banner of Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is an annual observance on November 20th that honours the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

TDOR was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honour the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

“The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people — sometimes in the most brutal ways possible — it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.”

Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith

Private Screening of PETERLOO at Southend Odeon – Thursday November 15th at 7.30pm

Announcement graphic reading: “PETERLOO: A FILM BY MIKE LEIGH – Private Screening, November 15th 2018, 7.30pm Southend Odeon. Labour Members & Supporters Only.” The announcement graphic also features the Southend West Labour Party logo and the Peterloo film poster dipicting the Peterloo Massacre when cavalry charged into a crowd of 60,000–80,000 people who had gathered to demand the reform of parliamentary representation.

Join Southend Labour at an exclusive private screening of Peterloo, the new film from legendary director Mike Leigh, on Thursday November 15th at 7.30pm at Southend Odeon.

For more details and to book your ticket visit the Southend Labour Facebook post.

Southend UNISON will be sponsoring a limited number of tickets for unwaged and low-waged members on a first-come, first-served basis – please contact the branch office ASAP if you need support.

Bi Visibility Day 2018 #BiVisibilityDay

Photograph of Michael Sargood (OUTreach member) and Sam Adams (UNISON LGBT+ Support Officer) on the UNISON Bi Visibility Day stall at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.
Michael Sargood (OUTreach member) and Sam Adams (UNISON LGBT+ Support Officer) on the UNISON Bi Visibility Day stall at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

On Friday 21st September Southend UNISON LGBT+ Group and OUTreach (Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s forum for LGBT+ staff and allies) were celebrating and raising awareness for Bi Visibility Day.

Today Sunday, 23rd September, is Bi Visibility Day – George Alabaster, Stonewall’s Digital Officer and co-chair of its Bi Staff Network, talks about the challenges the bi community face and how we can all play a role in addressing biphobia. To read the article visit the Stonewall post.

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

Announcement graphic reading: "UPDATE: BASILDON mini-PRIDE MARCH – A RESPONSE TO HATE – Meet outside Toys R Us, Basildon – 11:30pm, Saturday 15th September"

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

Announcement graphic reading:  "Join the BASILDON mini-PRIDE MARCH – A RESPONSE TO HATE – Saturday 15th September – More details to follow soon..."

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