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2007 National LGBT Conference
26 July 2007

Conference believes that while UNISON has made significant progress towards inclusion of its diverse membership in its structures, organising, negotiations and campaigning, full LGBT inclusion has yet to be achieved and work continues to completely eliminate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and to promote LGBT equality in everything the union does.

Our self organised groups have been in existence for a number of years and our many successes are a testament to the hard work of activists and positively benefit the union. These include winning near unanimous support for our right to exist as an inclusive LGBT group; our successful campaigning work on international issues and our lobbying of the Government for strengthened legal protections.

Conference notes that UNISON is founded on the principle of equality – that principle can only become a reality where everyone takes responsibility for combating discrimination and promoting equality.

Conferences welcomes UNISON’s commitment to develop an inclusive Equality Scheme and believes we must grasp this is opportunity to embed equality within all activities and at all levels of the union.

Conference therefore instructs the National LGBT Committee to continue the strategy of:

1.Working with branches, regions and the National Executive Council (NEC) to formulate strategies to eliminate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in our union and to share best practice in this and in actively promoting LGBT equality;

2.Raising awareness of information, resources and tools to tackle exclusion of LGBT people and negative attitudes towards them and promote equality and positive images;

3.Advising and supporting branches and activists in setting up LGBT SOGs;

4.Working with the NEC to ensure that UNISON structures and literature are inclusive of the needs and issues of the diverse range of people identifying as LGBT.

Conference further instructs the National LGBT Committee to:

A) Contribute to and raise awareness of the UNISON equality scheme, seeking to ensure that it becomes an effective tool for the promotion of LGBT equality and making all parts of the union a safe space for LGBT members.

B) Work with other self organised groups, the Young Members Forum and the NEC to devise activities/resources to build full participation within UNISON.