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

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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…


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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.’

Call for Southend UNISON members to attend national conferences – accommodation, travel and subsistence costs will be covered!

Announcement graphic reading: "CALL FOR BLACK MEMBERS; DISABLED MEMBERS; LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER MEMBERS; AND WOMEN MEMBERS TO ATTENDED NATIONAL CONFERENCES."

Dear Member,

UNISON holds national conferences each year for our members who identify with a particular self-organised group (SOG). This is one way of organising around equality that helps bring together certain underrepresented groups. These groups are Black members; Disabled members; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender members; and Women members who experience particular types of prejudice and discrimination, issues and concerns. Each SOG has their own annual conference – please see conference dates and venues below.

Southend UNISON is looking to send members as delegates (or visitors) to these conferences and will cover accommodation, travel and subsistence costs.

UNISON recognises that society is not a level playing field and one of UNISON’s main aims is to help workers fight for fairness and equality in the workplace and beyond. Challenging discrimination and winning equality is at the heart of UNISON – these conferences enable branches to submit motions in advance and bring together members from across the country to collectively organise and debate important issues that affect them.

With continued unprecedented funding attacks on the public sector affecting underrepresented groups more than others, as well as a rise in anti-immigration, Islamophobia and racism – organising around equality and challenging discrimination has never been more important.

It is up to us all to fight against these attacks, however these self-organised conferences are an opportunity for delegates to discuss the issues directly facing them by debating motions and their action points that support the right to equality for all. Each conference will decide on motions to be sent to the National Delegate Conference.

Southend UNISON supports delegates to attend to act as a voice for this branch where appropriate, but also to keep this branch informed of the debates and issues raised so that we can collectively look at what we can do more of to improve equality within our workplaces.

If you identify with any of the self-organised groups above and are passionate about furthering the equalities agenda across this UNISON branch workplaces, and would like to be more engaged with the branch around equalities issues or indeed more generally please contact us and let us know which conference you might be interested in attending.

We look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary


Conference Dates and Venues

Disabled Members’ Conference 2018
Dates: 27 – 29 October 2018
Venues: The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2GR
Conference Preliminary Agenda Report

LGBT+ Conference 2018
Dates: 16 – 18 November 2018
Venues: Harrogate International Centre, King’s Road, Harrogate HG1 5LA
Conference Preliminary Agenda Report

Black Members’ Conference 2019
Dates: 18 – 20 January 2019
Venues: Venue Cymru, The Promenade, Llandudno, Conwy LL30 1BB
Conference Preliminary Agenda Report – Available Soon

Women’s Conference 2019
Dates: 14 – 16 February 2019
Venues: Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth BH2 5BH
Conference Preliminary Agenda Report – Available Soon

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

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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

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transpire and UNISON Southend-on-Sea members raised the transgender flag at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to remember and honour transgender people around the world whose lives have been lost to anti-transgender violence.

Photograph of raised transgender flag.

Photograph of Transpire and UNISON Southend-on-Sea members raising the transgender flag at Transgender Day of Remembrance event at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.
Transpire and UNISON Southend-on-Sea members raising the transgender flag at Transgender Day of Remembrance event at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

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