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2009 National LGBT Conference
28 July 2009
Carried as Amended

Conference recognises that in 2009 we still have a situation where LGBT people face discrimination, persecution and denial of human rights based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, in many countries in the world, including no less than 80 which continue to criminalise consenting same sex acts between adults. Many of these countries depend upon tourism as a major contribution to their economy. We realise that many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people, some of whom may be UNISON members, visit these countries. In some cases, we know that prejudice and discrimination extends to the way that Black people, Disabled people and women are also treated and that there is persecution of trade unionists and human rights defenders within those countries.

Therefore we ask:-

1.That the UNISON National LGBT Committee publishes details on countries where homosexuality is still being treated as a criminal offence;

2.This information is provided to all members through the UNISON electronic mailing networks and published in all UNISON communication materials;

3.All members, LGBT and non LGBT are made aware of the level of discrimination that currently exists in these countries;

4.The UNISON National LGBT Committee continues to liaise with UNISON International Section and the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) to develop a strategy to raise awareness through steps such as further publicising the ILGA and ILGA-Europe maps and to continue to campaign on these issues by all avenues available.

5. The National LGBT Committee to Affiliate to the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group, who actively help and support LGBT Asylum Seekers in the UK who flee countries where homosexuality is criminalised. The cost of affiliation is £125 per year.