Visit the LGBT+ History Month stall – Friday 22nd February – 12:00-2:00pm @LGBTHM #LGBTHM19 @SouthendBC

Announcement graphic reading: “LGBT+ HISTORY MONTH STALL – Friday 22nd February, 12:00-2:00pm – Southend Borough Council, Foyer, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6ER”. This announcement text overlays a 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 in 2018.

February is LGBT+ History Month – a chance to celebrate LGBT+ lives and culture in order to challenge prejudice and build equality.

On Friday 22nd February Southend UNISON LGBT+ Group and OUTreach (Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s forum for LGBT+ staff and allies) will be holding a stall to celebrate the lives and achievements of the diverse LGBT+ community.

 WHERE: Southend Borough Council, Foyer, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6ER
 WHEN: Friday 22nd February, 12:00 – 2:00pm

Everyone welcome, we look forward to seeing you there!


In the meantime, explore UNISON’s and the labour movement’s LGBT+ history through the interactive timeline and downloadable wallchart below.

Interactive Timeline of UNISON’s LGBT+ History

UNISON’s own LGBT+ history shows how far we have come, remind us of what we have achieved and highlights our commitment to the campaigns ahead.

The film Pride brought a slice of lesbian and gay political history to a new audience but what UNISON members may not know is the extent to which our former partner unions were involved in the struggle for gay rights, along with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

The interactive timeline below shows a few of our historical moments. It is not a comprehensive history and of course many more people than are mentioned here have contributed to LGBT+ rights, and continue to do so.

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Voices and Visibility: Uncovering Hidden Histories Wallchart

The wallchart, click here to download, has been produced by the Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Further and Higher Education and a group of trade unions in association with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT+) History Month.

The aim has been to produce a resource to support those raising awareness of sexual orientation and gender identity, equality and diversity.

Centred on the United Kingdom, it highlights important legal milestones and identifies visible and significant contributions made by individuals, groups and particularly the labour movement.

The group is currently developing a digital version of the chart. This will provide more detailed information about the campaigns, organisations and personalities identified in the wallchart. Guidance for educators using the resources is also planned. For more information visit: https://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/wallchart/

Image of 'Voices and Visibility: Uncovering Hidden Histories Wallchart' – please click to download hi-res .pdf version.

Big thanks to everyone who supported the amazing WINTER PRIDE events on Saturday 2nd February!

Assortment of photographs sourced from UNISON members and social media channels, taken during the WINTER PRIDE events on Saturday 2nd February. Alongside these images is the Southend UNISON branch logo and a caption reading: "Big thanks to everyone who supported the amazing WINTER PRIDE events on Saturday 2nd February!"
Photographs sourced from UNISON members and Southend Pride’s Facebook page and Twitter account.

Big thanks to everyone who supported the amazing WINTER PRIDE events on Saturday 2nd February!

We look forward to seeing you all again at SOUTHEND PRIDE 2019!

SAVE THE DATES: 13th July 2019 – 20th July 2019

WE’RE BACK, BIGGER, BETTER AND QUEERER THAN EVER!

For more information and to stay up-to-date with announcements please visit the SOUTHEND PRIDE website.

No Place For Hate: WINTER PRIDE this Saturday 2nd February

Southend Winter Pride event announcement graphic reading: “Saturday 2nd February – No Place For Hate: Winter Pride – Pride Market, Local Community Stalls, Live Entertainment and AFTERPARTY"

Come along to the FREE WINTER PRIDE events on Saturday 2nd February including UNISON and community stalls, entertainment, music and after-party!

EVERYONE WELCOME, WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!

For more info. check out the Southend Pride Facebook event pages below.

 No Place for Hate: Winter Pride 
 WHERE: St Marks Church Hall, Princes Street, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1QA
 WHEN: Saturday 2nd February, 12:00 – 17:00
 EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/303301353631406

 Winter Pride: AfterParty 
 WHERE: Cliff Pub, 48 Hamlet Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1HH
 WHEN: Saturday 2nd February, 17:00 – 03:00
 EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/557401798115471/

SAVE THE DATE – No Place For Hate: WINTER PRIDE – Saturday 2nd February

Southend Pride event announcement graphic reading: “SAVE THE DATE : Saturday 2nd February – No Place For Hate: Winter Pride – Pride Market, Local Community Stalls, Live Entertainment and AFTERPARTY"

SAVE THE DATE for the FREE WINTER PRIDE events on Saturday 2nd February including community stalls, entertainment, music and after-party!

EVERYONE WELCOME, WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!

For more info. check out the Southend Pride Facebook event pages below.

 No Place for Hate: Winter Pride 
 WHERE: St Marks Church Hall, Princes Street, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1QA
 WHEN: Saturday 2nd February, 12:00 – 17:00
 EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/303301353631406

 Winter Pride: AfterParty 
 WHERE: Cliff Pub, 48 Hamlet Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1HH
 WHEN: Saturday 2nd February, 17:00 – 03:00
 EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/557401798115471/

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.

Raising the transgender flag at the Civic Centre, Southend Borough Council. [Image Source]
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