Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 14 February 2021
A HINCKLEY and Bosworth-based LGBT+ partnership are celebrating LGBT History Month digitally for the first time, due to the current lockdown restrictions.
The ‘True Colours’ partnership, formed in association with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, had previously held all of their past events as face-to-face events, but due to the lockdown restrictions in place, this meant this was unable to go ahead.
True Colours members decided that they would still celebrate the month of pride this year, even if it meant not meeting in person, so they settled on virtually celebrating the month together online.
LGBT History Month is an annual event held in the month of February which was first celebrated in the United Kingdom in February 2005.
The partnership aims to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public. They do this, by:
- Increasing the visibility of LGBT+ people, their history, lives, and experiences in schools, the curriculum, and in the wider society
- Raising awareness and advancing education on matters which affect LGBT+ community members
- Aiming to make educational and all other institutions ‘safe spaces’ for all LGBT+ communities
- Promoting the welfare of LBGT+ people, so they can contribute fully to society, to lead fulfilled lives, benefitting society as a whole
There is a page on the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council website specially dedicated to LGBT+ people and finding support in the borough, attached here.
A host of content will be published to the official True Colours Twitter account (@LGBTeventsHB), which can be found here.
Barwell-based Councillor and LGBT+ Rights Campaigner, Mathew Hulbert, was recognised last year in Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council’s ‘Making a Difference’ volunteer awards for his work with the partnership.
This morning (14 February), he appeared on BBC Radio Leicester’s Sunday breakfast show with Rupal Rajani, where he discussed LGBT History Month and the ongoing fight for full equality.
In a statement issued to the Hinckley Free Press about the event going digital this year, Cllr. Hulbert, said: “Although we can’t hold an in person event to mark LGBT History Month this year, for reasons people will understand, we’re pleased to still be able to recognise it online and encourage people to engage with the content we’re putting out and, indeed, to share with us what the month means to them.
“We’ve come a long way in the fight for full equality for all LGBT+ individuals and communities, but there is still a long way to go; especially when it comes to the rights and recognition of Trans, non-binary, gender fluid and gender non-conforming individuals.”
“None are equal until all are equal and we pledge ourselves to continuing campaigning until that happy day comes.”