Securing Black LGBT perspectives and participation

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2017 National Black Members' Conference
23 September 2016

Conference welcomes the wealth of policy, good practice, advice and resources that we have built up over the past decades of equality organising. These include much policy and good practice in organising, bargaining and campaigning on Black LGBT equality.

However, conference notes the continuing challenge of disseminating information and resources, leading to knowledge gaps and reinventing of wheels. Despite the vibrancy of our activities and activists, there are still many UNISON members unaware of our self-organised groups. Despite our strongly held values on challenging multiple discrimination and well-established national practice on fair representation, many local Black activities do not acknowledge or address the full diversity of our Black members group, with Black LGBT members under-represented.

Conference acknowledges that there is not one simple solution to getting information to individual members, or to tackling the barriers to Black LGBT participation. However, equality impact assessment is a well-established tool for checking unintended consequences and identifying overlooked opportunities to embed equality.

Conference calls on the National Black Members’ Committee (NBMC), working with Regional Black Members’ groups, to:

1)Review how information and materials are disseminated, looking at a range of formats and routes including social media, and identify new opportunities for effective communication with members;

2)Seek to embed equality impact assessment as part of the working practice of our self-organised group at all levels, so that Black LGBT equality is threaded through everything we do;

3)Collate best practice on encouraging Black LGBT participation, including examples of mentoring and peer support, and promote via Black Action and at Black members conference;

4)Continue to monitor fair representation in UNISON Black members’ internal meetings and external delegations, urging regional and branch groups to do the same, and to act on the findings;

5)Consider having a workshop at next year’s National Black Members’ Conference to discuss good practice initiatives in recruiting Black LGBT members.

Submitted by: National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Committee

NBMC Policy: Support