Defending Services For Young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People

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2011 National LGBT Conference
8 August 2011

This Conference is appalled by the rising number of services for young people which are either closing or being cut back at a time when they are needed more than ever to support young people in finding employment and to support them in their personal development.

This Conference believes that young people are being targeted by the Con-Dem coalition in respect of loss of jobs and job opportunities, and in respect of cuts in public services.

This Conference also believes that services for young Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people – for example advisory services on coming out, employment and training, housing, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health, sexual health, and Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) – are under particular threat.

This Conference further believes that these services for young LGBT people must be defended against cuts, and that bringing together workers and service users to campaign together is an important part of achieving that aim.

This conference calls on the National LGBT Committee to:

1.Support regional LGBT groups in developing campaigning links between workers and service user groups;

2.Raise the profile of campaigning to defend services for young LGBT people in ‘Out In UNISON’ and publicise any success stories;

3.Call for these issues to be raised in the wider union, including Labour Link and other appropriate channels;

4.Call for a voice for young LGBT people to be developed within ‘Choose Youth’ – an umbrella body supported by UNISON, which is campaigning to defend youth services.