- 2009 National LGBT Conference
- 18 September 2009
- Carried as Amended
Conference notes that UNISON’s LGBT membership is diverse and that our self organised group prides itself on being inclusive of all our members.
Conference welcomes initiatives that have taken place to recruit more and Black and Disabled LGBT members including having a visible presence at UK Black Pride, distributing information on Beyond the Barriers campaign at Pride London, positive images shown in LGBT publications and literature and the network days.
However, conference believes that there is still more to be done particularly at a regional level and remains concerned that regional groups continue to express low participation from Black and Disabled LGBT members. Conference is disappointed that recruitment initiatives targeted at Black and disabled LGBT communities are rarely part of regional work programmes.
Similarly, we note that some regional groups have also expressed concerns in low participation from ‘out’ bi and trans members.
Conference notes that there is a standing item at each National LGBT Committee meeting on recruitment initiatives.
Conference therefore calls on regional groups to
1.Include in their recruitment initiatives specific actions to increase the recruitment and participation of Black and Disabled LGBT members and bi and trans members;
2.Include in their regional report on recruitment to National LGBT Committee meetings what actions have been taken to increase the recruitment and participation of Black and Disabled LGBT members and bi and trans members.