This year Southend UNISON, Transpire 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!
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.”
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 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.
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.
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. 😁