Ghana

Conference is appalled by reports that Paul Evans Adioo, Ghana’s minister for the country’s Western Region, has instructed thye Bureau of National Investiagions and other agencies to find all Lesbian and Gay people and bring them before the courts in efforts to “get rid of these people in the society”. It is also reported that […]

Tackling Bullying in Schools

UNISON believes that the harassment, bullying and persecution of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trangender (LGBT) people is an issue for every member. Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying is commonplace within society. It is seen in all aspects of everyday life, on the streets, in the media and in political life. It is in this context […]

Fighting cuts in the National Health Service and Fighting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Inequalities

The Health and Social Care Bill 2011 represents the biggest shake-up of the National Health Service (NHS) since its inception by a Labour Government in 1948. The NHS that we know and love is under threat. The Tory-led government plans to massively shake-up the NHS which has the potential to cause devastating damage. Government plans […]

Effective Communication Strategies, Channels and Expertise to support UNISON activism

Conference believes that effective communication is fundamental to ensuring that the right information reaches the right people at the right time. We need to embrace both existing and new channels for information, recruitment, training, development and organising. Communication face-to-face remains vital to inform and persuade, but as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people and […]

All Out For Decent Pensions on 30 November

Making Disabled Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People’s Rights Real

Conference notes with concern that disabled LGBT people are being disenfranchised at the hands of the Tory-led Government and our human rights and independence are seriously under threat. Disabled LGBT people are facing cuts to benefits, rises in unemployment, have no protection against dual discrimination, reductions in the provision of social care, being denied the […]

Disability History Month

Conference acknowledges the importance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) and Black History Month in raising awareness, providing education, challenging discrimination and promoting positive role models. Conference is proud that the LGBT self organised group supports both events. Conference notes that UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) was launched in 2010 to run annually from […]

Best Value and Cuts to Community and Voluntary Organisations

Conference notes that in August 2011, False Economy revealed that more than 2,000 charities and community groups were facing budget cuts due to local authority reductions in funding, following responses to requests under the Freedom of Information Act. These included vital services for LGBT people, women survivors of domestic abuse, vulnerable children and homelessness services. […]

Organising Disabled Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Members

Conference believes that our disabled LGBT members have an important role to play within the LGBT self organised group and wider union. Branches and regions have a responsibility to encourage disabled LGBT members to become activists within self organisation and mainstream structures. One way to achieve this is for branches and regions to support the […]

Building the Public’s Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Public Services

Conference deplores the visible detrimental impact the Tory-led government’s brutal and unnecessary cuts have had on public services, including services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. These ideologically driven cuts to public sector funding have seen targeted services such as those delivered by HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) prevention workers, LGBT youth workers and […]

Erosion of Equality and Trade Union Rights

onference notes that the Tory led government gives lip service to LGBT equality but behind the scenes is gradually eroding our hard-won LGBT rights, a situation only exacerbated by their simultaneous attack on trade union rights. Conference condemns this government for refusing to implement in full Labour’s ground breaking Equality Act which for the first […]

Being Blackand Trans

Conference acknowledges the large steps that we have taken in recognising transgender issues and is aware of how far we still need to go in fighting transphobia. However, we still need to highlight the issues that face some Black trans people. Hormone therapy increases the risk of stroke and deep vein thrombosis, while people with […]

Local Government Cuts

Conference, over the last two years we have seen an unprecedented attack on public services, jobs, pay and conditions. We must remember that local government staff and service users are not the cause, greed within the banking industry is, but the Public Sector are having to pay for their greed. We have seen the biggest […]

Divorcing Transgender Parents and Legal Access to Children

Conference notes that it was only a few decades ago that Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) men and women were deemed inappropriate and unfit parents. When divorcing from their opposite sex spouse, many were refused custody of their children simply because of their sexual orientation. Direct discrimination by care professionals, such as social workers and […]

Police Cuts Will Undermine The Fight Against Hate Crime

YouGov research has shown that one in five lesbian, gay and bisexual people have experienced a homophobic hate crime or incident in the last three years. And three in four of those didn’t report them to the police. A third of victims don’t report incidents because they don’t think the police would or could do […]