Recruiting and Organising Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Members

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Conference
2010 National LGBT Conference
Date
30 July 2010
Decision
Carried as Amended

Conference notes the training on anti-racism held by the LGBT Committee at its policy weekend in March following resolutions carried by 2009 LGBT Conference.

The training allowed us to recognise where we were doing well but also where we needed to improve in order for our group to become fully representative and inclusive. We recognised we all have areas where we can and must improve and that the status-quo isn’t good enough.

Conference agrees on the need for all of us to work towards improved levels of involvement and representation of Black LGBT members within our group and recognises this is the responsibility of us all. Black LGBT people can be found in every area of the UK and can be found in significant numbers in urban areas in every region. Like all workers, Black LGBT people are better off in a union. The union is better off with more Black LGBT workers recruited and organised.

Conference believes this often starts with consistent yet simple steps which can include:

1.Encouraging the Black members in your region to become more involved (e.g. in your regional group, attending training, getting to conference);

2.Making contact with representatives of the Black members group within your own region, possibly exploring areas for joint working;

3.Publicising the national network meeting for Black LGBT members;

4.Attendance at events within your region such as Black Pride events, Black History Month events and other cultural and anti-racism events;

5.Ensure regional groups prioritise work against fascism and the far right and publicise this to members and the wider union.

Conference calls therefore on all regional LGBT groups to develop an annual action plan to promote diversity in their group and highlight steps to promote the improved representation of Black LGBT members within our group.

Conference calls on the national LGBT committee to share best practice for recruiting Black members.