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2010 National LGBT Conference
30 July 2010

This Conference is PROUD to have so many LGBT members in its membership. Conference realises that in a number of areas good progress has been made on organising LGBT members & those areas should be rightly recognised for their ongoing work & efforts. However, Conference is of the view that to properly establish where we are in terms of participation & activism from our LGBT membership, including LGBT organisation at Regional & Branch level & the challenges for local LGBT organising, recruitment & retention, it is essential that we have accurate & current data that will give us a baseline on which to properly resource & build our UNISON LGBT future & from where we can measure our organising progress.

Therefore, this conference asks that the National LGBT Committee conduct a national survey of Regions & Branches which asks for the suggested following data:-

1.Whether the Region/Branch has set up an active LGBT Self Organised Group [SOG] that is adequately resourced?

2.Whether the Branch has a Branch LGBT Officer?

3.How does the Region/Branch communicate with its LGBT members to ensure that it is inclusive & accessible?

4.Does the Region/Branch have a LGBT mailing list? – if so, how many LGBT people are on those lists?

5.How does the Region/Branch promote wider LGBT participation at a local, Regional & National level?

6.Is the Region/Branch LGBT SOG represented on Regional/Branch structures as per UNISON rules on proportionality & fair representation?

7.Does the Regional/Branch LGBT SOG have access to Regional/Branch funding in order to exist & function as a SOG? – if so, how much funding is allocated on an annual basis?

8.Does the Region/Branch allocate funding to a Regional/Branch LGBT SOG to enable its LGBT SOG work plan to be implemented? If so, how is that money allocated?

9.Has the branch negotiated any time off with their respective employer for the Branch LGBT Officer [where such an officer is in place] – if so, how much time & what that time is actually allocated or used for?

10.Any other relevant data or information that the National LGBT Committee feels would be relevant to this exercise.

The National LGBT Committee is requested to present a full report of its findings, including any success stories as indicators for best practice, to the 2011 National LGBT Conference & to bring to that conference any recommendations it deems appropriate to improving LGBT participation & activism within Regions & Branches, in order that we can build upon our LGBT future in UNISON.