Barwell Councillor chosen by NALC to help mark LGBT+ History Month

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 18 February 2022

A BARWELL Parish Councillor has been featured in a video by a national council organisation to help mark an important LGBT+ anniversary.

Councillor Mathew Hulbert (Image: Mathew Hulbert) / Inset (Image: LGBT+ History Month)

Coun. Mathew Hulbert of Barwell Parish Council, was approached by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), who asked him to record a video to help celebrate LGBT+ History Month.

He agreed, and NALC, who represent 10,000 local parish and town councils across England, uploaded the video to their official social media sharing platforms.

Mathew is the Chair of NALC’s National Network for LGBT+ Parish and Town Councillors.

LGBT+ History Month has been held annually since February 1994 – it exists to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public.

The month-long observation, which runs every February, helps to increase the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their history, lives and experiences in the wider community.

It further raises awareness of and advancing education on matters affecting LGBT+ communities.

In his video, Mr. Hulbert, said: “February is LGBT+ History Month, a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our LGBT+ communities past, present and future; to reflect on how far we’ve come in the fight for full equality, and to redouble our efforts to ensure we achieve what is still left to do, especially for our trans and non-binary communities.”

He continued: “Parish and town Councils are right at the heart of our communities and, therefore, have a vital role in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.”

“I’m one of a growing number of LGBT+ parish and town councillors from across the political spectrum and from up and down the country, delivering tangible results for our communities.

“It’s a role in which you can really make a difference to where you live.”

In a statement issued to the Hinckley Free Press about the opportunity, Mr. Hulbert, said: “I was very honoured to be asked by Nalc to record a video marking this very important LGBT+ anniversary.

“As a campaigner for full equality for our communities I’m very aware of what’s been achieved by those who fought for rights and, often, never lived to see them be achieved; that is why commemorating our history is so important.

“The fight for equity and equality will go on, because none are equal until all are equal.”

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