With 2019 marking 70 years since the creation of the New Town, this year's event will look specifically at the history of Basildon and what it means for the LGBTQI+ community.
The event, taking place at Colors Nightclub from 6.30pm to 9.45pm on Friday 22 February, will begin with a welcome from Essex-based performers and campaigners Jake Bedson and Joey Bambino. There will be live music throughout the evening, with a number of video screenings and guest speakers exploring sexuality and gender identity.
LGBTQi+ History Month is observed every February to promote inclusion, equality and diversity. This year's theme is Peace, Activism and Reconciliation, with key figures and their achievements being highlighted nationally.
Councillor Andy Barnes, Chairman of the Communities Committee at Basildon Council, said: "LGBTQI+ History Month is a chance for us to explore the history of gay rights and related civil rights movements, while educating ourselves on the issues which members of the LGBTQI+ community still face. We have come a long way over the years, but there is still more work to be done.
"The event at Colors Nightclub is an opportunity for us to celebrate individuals, and embrace the fact that we are all unique and diverse. We are committed to sending out a clear message that discrimination and hate is not tolerated. Everyone should be able to love who they wish to and live their life free from fear and judgement."
For more information or to reserve a free ticket, visit www.basildon.gov.uk/events or follow Basildon Council on Facebook. If anyone would like to attend who has disability related access needs, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can make suitable arrangements to welcome you to this event.