Let’s Raise Awareness

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2023 National Disabled Members' Conference
27 June 2023
Carried as Amended

Conference notes the exceptional Trans ally training scheme that our union has created and delivered to many Unison members. Our Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender + (LGBT+) National committee, it’s officers and the Transgender, Non Binary and Gender Diverse caucus must be applauded for the work and effort they have put into the training and its delivery.

This training has been extremely successful in informing members about Transgender issues and helping them understand the bad press the transgender community have had. Those trained gain a good understanding and can become good ‘Trans allies’ in the workplace.

It is a simple and effective way of delivering information and the training can be passed onto others to further increase the potential of numbers trained.

Conference it is a fantastic and effective method of raising awareness and dealing with misconceptions. The wider union gains a knowledge of the issues and can provide support and be understanding of the Trans community.

This model should be encouraged and it is believed would be ideal to be used and adapted in relation to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We have an increasing amount of members who identify with ASD and there is a similar lack of understanding to the issues these members face. Awareness would help other members understand the issues and assist those with ASD and help gain the appropriate advice, reasonable adjustments and allies.

Conference we believe this training should be adapted if possible for ASD and clearly there is a scope for other subjects to follow owing to the overwhelming success of the Trans project.

Conference calls on the National Disabled members committee to

1)Contact the National LGBT+ committee and the Transgender, Non Binary and gender diverse caucus to seek advice on how they set up the Trans allies training and seek advice on what was required from the wider union.

2)Look into what is required to adapt and deliver the training including contacting the relevant groups for any funding and organising reasons.

3)Look to establish and deliver the training when possible if the actions at 1 and 2 are positive and the adaptation is possible.

4)Report back any progress to the Disabled Member conference 2024.