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

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

LGBT Group – Get Involved

Image of UNISON Southend-on-Sea logo with LGBT rainbow coloured ribbons

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).