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Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual & Transgender Conference 2005
29 July 2005

Conference is painfully aware of the generally negative and sometimes extremely hostile views of the world’s major religions towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people, and that when our rights clash with faith-based rights ours seem to be regarded as somehow lesser.

Because of:

1.Conflicts between LGBT rights and rights based on faith and belief;

2.The Government’s intention that a single equalities and human rights Commission be created, in which there exists a real danger of the formation of a hierarchy of rights detrimental to ours;

3.An increasing trend toward religious fundamentalism and intolerant evangelism which the quietly moderate majority in each faith appear unable or unwilling to counteract.

Conference is deeply concerned that progress towards our full acceptance may be stalled, and even suffer reversal.

Conference also understands that not only fundamentalist and evangelical, but also most orthodox beliefs do not accord full human rights to women and that Lesbians and Bisexual and Transgender women suffer further oppression simply through being female.

Accordingly Conference asks the National LGBT Committee to work with UNISON’s National Women’s Committee and National Executive Committee to develop a declared UNISON position on human rights for all in the face of the daily detriments of faith-based discrimination, and to encourage UNISON to be active within the United Nations, the International Labour Organisation, the European Union, the International Lesbian and Gay Association and other influential bodies to campaign for the extension of full human rights to LGBT people and women worldwide.

Conference requests that a report be made to the Annual National LGBT Conference 2006 as to what has been achieved in this regard.