27 February 2019 - More than 130 people came together to explore the reasons why Love Conquers Hate at a free event celebrating LGBTQI+ History Month.

Supporters at the LGBTQI+ History Month event in Colors Nightclub With 2019 marking 70 years since the creation of the New Town, this year's event focused on the history of Basildon and what it means for the LGBTQI+ community. It also featured live music, video screenings and guest speakers.

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 highlighted nationally.

Cllr Andy Barnes, Chairman of the Communities Committee, said:  "I would like to thank all of those supporters who took the time to put the borough on the map as a place where discrimination and hate is fought against. Everyone should be able to love who they wish to and live their life free from fear and judgement.

"LGBTQI+ History Month is a chance for us all to explore the history of gay rights, whilst educating ourselves on the issues which members of the LGBTQI+ community sadly still face today. We have come a long way over the years, but there is still more progress to be made."