LGBT History Month to be marked at town events

LGBT History Month is being marked at two events in Hinckley in February. The aim of the annual occasion, which sees events take place up and down the country, is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public.

Organisers seek to fo this by increasing the visibility of LGBT people, their history, their lives, and their experiences in the community; raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting LGBT people; working to make all institutions safe spaces for all LGBT people.

The theme for LGBT History Month 2018 is ‘Geography: mapping our world’ An afternoon of reflection and celebration will take place at St Marys Church on Saturday, February 3rd, starting at 5pm.

The guest speaker will be Dean of Leicester, the Very Reverend David Monteith. The service will be led by organisers Rev John Whittaker, Rev Angela Tarry and Barwell based LGBT+ campaigner Mathew Hulbert.

The church’s community choir will also be performing as part of the event. Following the service, there’ll be refreshments and informal speeches. The event is free to attend and open to everyone, including straight allies.

Rev Whittaker says, “St Mary’s Church has valued being able to host a service and reception marking LGBT+ history month for several years. “This year we are so pleased that the Dean of Leicester has agreed to speak. We hope this event, to which everyone is welcome, will help us appreciate some of the challenges LGBT+ communities face in different parts of the world as well as great strides made in countries and cultures receiving the joy and richness of diversity.”

Mr Hulbert is also giving a talk at Hinckley Library on Saturday, February 17th, at 2pm. Entitled ‘near and far…the fight for LGBT+ equality,’ everyone is welcome at this event at which refreshments will be provided. Mr Hulbert will be speaking about the importance of the LGBT History Month and what it means to Hinckley and Bosworth.

He says, “It’s so fantastic that LGBT History Month is, once again, being celebrated in our town. Our LGBT+ communities add the richness and diversity of our borough and it’s right that we mark this annual occasion with what we hope will be interesting and insightful events. We’ve come a long way, in recent years, in terms of increased equality, but there continues to be a long way to go, especially in the fight for equality and justice for transgender and non-binary individuals, and in the ongoing fight against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. We look forward to many people joining us for these special events.”