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2004 National Lesbian & Gay Conference
30 July 2004

Conference recalls last year’s resolution calling upon the Trades Union Congress Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (TUC LGB&T) Committee to review whether arrangements for its annual conference best meet the needs of the maximum number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender trades unionists.

Conference notes that UNISON raised this with the TUC which decided not to conduct a review at that time.

Conference is concerned to note that, at the 2004 TUC LGB&T Conference, out of 212 registered delegates:

1.Only eight were black and four of those were from one union;

2.Only one union sent delegates who were “visibly” disabled (granted that most impairments are not visible so this may be a misleading impression);

3.That although there is monitoring for race and disability, no results are published because the response rate is so poor;

4.Geographical origin is not even monitored but some TUC regions appear to be poorly represented, for example there may have been as few as eleven registered delegates from the Midlands, and;

5.Notwithstanding the new emphasis on developing regional structures, only three of the TUC’s seven regions appointed observers and only one of these actually attended.

Conference therefore continues to consider that a review would be timely.

Conference is particularly concerned that black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender trades unionists and disabled lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender trades unionists take part in numbers which reflect their numbers in the trades union movement and that delegates and observers take part from throughout the country.

Conference therefore instructs the National Lesbian and Gay Committee to re-raise with the TUC LGB&T Committee the need to review the conference arrangements.