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.

LGBT+ History Month

Announcement image of LGBT+ History Month including UNISON Southend-on-Sea logo with LGBT Rainbow Flag coloured ribbons.
UNISON Southend-on-Sea invites you to their LGBT+ History Month event on 27th February, 12.30–2.30pm in the Jubilee Room, Ground Floor, Civic Centre – everyone welcome.

There will be a ‘marketplace’ of stalls and goodies from LGBT+ organisations and allies. Additionally, TRANSPIRE (a Southend-on-Sea based transgender support network) will be delivering a presentation at 1pm, followed by a Q&A session.

Immediately after the event, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council will be raising the rainbow flag at the Civic Centre.

For further information, please contact Sam Adams, UNISON LGBT+ Officer at the UNISON Southend-on-Sea office.


LGBT+ History Resources

World AIDS Day – 1st December 2017

Image of World Aids Day banner.

World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

Wear your Red Ribbon for Solidarity, Love, Activism, Passion and Remembrance.

Red Ribbons are available from the UNISON Office.


Jeremy Corbyn – World AIDS Day message 2017

For more information please visit: www.worldaidsday.org

Transgender Day of Remembrance – Monday 20th November

Image banner of Transgender Day of Remembrance.

This year Southend-on-Sea Borough Council will be raising the Transgender flag at 9.00am on 20th November. Please support by assembling at 8.45am under the flagpole in the Council’s Car Park.

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

LGBT Group – Get Involved

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UNISON actively supports LGBT members through its LGBT self-organised groups at local, regional and national level.

As an LGBT branch group, we are here to support and encourage LGBT members, build networks, identify and challenge discrimination, defend and promote LGBT services, and campaign for equality. We aim to meet regularly on a monthly basis to support one another, discuss ongoing issues, plan future campaigns, and any other business which members wish to raise. Most importantly, it is a chance to network with like-minded people and build confidence in the workplace.

To find out more, and to get involved, contact your LGBT Officer Sam Adams via the contact page, on 01702 215 980 or drop by the UNISON office on a Tuesday, 10:00am – 3:00pm (times to be confirmed).