Local LGBT+ Rights campaigners honoured in Atkins exhibition

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 13 June 2021

TWO LOCAL LGBT+ rights campaigners have been honoured in a current exhibition at The Atkins Building on Upper Bond Street in Hinckley.

Bernard Greaves (left), Mathew Hulbert (right) (Supplied)

Mathew Hulbert, of Barwell, who formerly served as Chair of Leicester’s LGBT Centre from 2017 to 2020, is one of the LGBT+ activists to be featured in the display.

He has his own biography and photo in the exhibition for the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, which first opened to the public on 17 May and will end on 23 June.

Last year (2020), he was recognised as part of the Making A Difference volunteer awards, which are run by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.

He is a part of the ‘True Colours’ event partnership which play host to various LGBT+ celebrations and commemorations throughout the year.

Hulbert ‘honoured and humbled’ to be featured

Hulbert has stated that he feels both ‘honoured and humbled’ to be a part of the ‘fantastic’ exhibition, and he has encouraged people to go and take a visit.

He said: “I feel very honoured and humbled to be featured as part of this fantastic exhibition, which I very much hope people will take the opportunity to visit.

“I just try to play my small part in the much wider fight for full recognition and equality for everyone in the LGBT+ communities.

“Because, as I always say, none are equal until all are equal and there remains a long way to go until that is the case.

“Especially in terms of rights and recognition for Trans and non-binary individuals.

“I’ll continue to be part of this campaign for as long as there’s injustice and discrimination against LGBT+ people.”

Leicester-based campaigner featured

Also sporting their own biography and photo is Leicester-based LGBT+ rights campaigner Bernard Greaves, who has been campaigning about these issues for half a century.

Greaves has served in a host of public roles, most notably as the Chair of Voluntary Action Leicester and the Chair of Leicester City West’s NHS Primary Care Trust.

He stated that he feels ‘delighted’ to be featured in the exhibition and that he hopes it helps to raise awareness.

He said: “I am delighted to be featured in this exhibition, but what is more important is that I hope it helps raise awareness.

“For all the progress there has been towards LGBT+ equality, there is still a need to address the great disadvantages faced by members of our communities, particularly those who come from deprived backgrounds.”

The exhibition remains open and free to visit until it ends in ten days’ time (23 June).

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