- 2007 National LGBT Conference
- 26 July 2007
- Carried as Amended
Conference acknowledges the ongoing oppression faced by LGBT people in many countries of the world for example:
1.Threats, intimidation and abuse at Pride events and the denial of the freedom of assembly;
2.Homosexuality criminalised in many states, with some still using the death penalty;
3.Lack of action against hate crimes.
4.Rape targeted specifically at a lesbian because of her sexuality not being considered a hate crime.
Conference recognises some evidence of progress in work on international LGBT issues and in particular welcomes:
A.The 2006 Montreal Declaration and the publication of the Yogyakarta Principles on the defence of LGBT human rights;
B.The recent success of the Europe region of ILGA (International Lesbian and Gay Association) and several other LGBT organisations in gaining accreditation with the United Nations;
C.The UK Government’s stated intention to produce a strategy to promote LGBT rights internationally;
D.Significant recent work by the TUC to raise awareness of LGBT international issues and their advocacy of LGBT equality at the ILO (International Labour Organisation) Conference;
E.Ongoing work through the EI-PSI (Education International – Public Services International) LGBT Forum.
Conference believes that this work must continue and instructs the National LGBT Committee to:
I. Continue to reject any Euro-centric focus to its international work;
II.Work with organisations such as the TUC, ILGA and LGBT Labour to promote LGBT equality within the worldwide labour movement, international institutions and bodies;
III.Seek to raise the profile of LGBT issues in the relevant conferences of labour internationals, especially the European Trade Union;
IV.Confederation (ETUC), European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC);
V.Continue to seek opportunities to promote solidarity with specific LGBT campaigns, involving our regions, branches and individual members through the e-bulletin and articles in Out in Unison.