Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 16 September 2020
A LOCAL Hinckley group virtually celebrated LGBT+ pride just twelve days ago.
The event was held one week and five days ago on Saturday 5 September. The ‘True Colours’ LGBT+ events partnership marked Leicester Digital Pride day with a host of activity online.
Due to the impact and concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing requirements put in place, the annual Leicester Pride event was sadly unable to take place as it usually would in person.
Thanks to the Leicester LGBT Centre and Trade Sexual Health, the annual celebrations were able to take place virtually.
Throughout the day of the event, the ‘True Colours’ partnership used their Twitter account (@LGBTEventsHB) to keep their followers updated, which included both videos and photographs.
True Colours usually run a number of events throughout the year in Hinckley and Bosworth to mark key LGBT+ celebrations and commemorations, but the pandemic has meant that these haven’t been able to go ahead.
It is hoped that the events will return next year, however this depends on the Government-issued guidelines and advice.
Barwell-based campaigner, Mathew Hulbert, who was recently praised for his LGBT+ advocacy in the ‘Creating A Sense Of Community’ category of the ‘Making A Difference’ awards, said: “It’s obviously a shame that we weren’t able to celebrate our wonderful and diverse LGBT+ communities in person this year, but it was good that we could do so online.
“Pride is always both a celebration of how far we’ve come and a protest at how far there is still to go to achieve full equality for all of our communities, thinking especially of our Trans and non-binary friends who, sadly, often face regular discrimination both online and offline.
“We will continue to campaign for full equality, dignity and recognition for all of our communities.”
To find out more about the Hinckley and Bosworth ‘True Colours’ events partnership, visit www.bitly.com/hinckbos-truecolours.