Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 1 July 2021
A NEW network has been launched by solely for local LGBT+ councillors across the country, following a Barwell-based councillor’s suggestion to the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).
Cllr. Mathew Hulbert of Barwell’s Redhall Ward, had put a suggestion forward to NALC that a new network, exclusively consisting of LGBT+ councillors, should be formed.
Bosses at the National Association of Local Councils listened to the idea and launched the network, named “The NALC National Network: LGBT+ Councillors.”
It helps local LGBT+ councillors connect across the country, have their own forum for learning and mutual support, and share their experiences and good practice.
The new network made history for NALC by partaking in Association’s first-ever meeting only consisting of LGBT+ councillors from parish and town councils.
A few of the talking points throughout the meeting were:
- The role and purpose of the new network
- How Councils and committees should celebrate Pride Month
- The ways network members should stay in contact
The network’s future meetings will take place quarterly and will be held online.
Cllr. Keith Stevens, Vice-Chair of NALC, said: “Supporting councils and councillors are among NALC’s strategic aims, which is why I am delighted NALC has set up this new network to connect LGBT+ councillors from across the country.
“I hope councillors find the network valuable and that it can act as a source of mutual support and inspiration.”
Cllr Mathew Hulbert, Vice-Chair of Barwell Parish Council, said: “I’m so proud, in helping set up of this new network, to have seen out LGBT+ parish and town councillors from different parts of the country be part of its launch meeting.
“There were so many fantastic contributions about our experiences as out public representatives at the most local level of government, as well as ideas about what our network can seek to achieve moving forward.
“Launching this new group during Pride Month made it extra special. Pride is both a celebration of what our communities have achieved, and the progress society has made towards equality and a protest at what is still left to achieve.
“As leaders in our communities, parish and town councillors have a key role to play in leading on this agenda and I look forward to what our new network will achieve in the months and years ahead.”