OUR RIGHT TO BE HEARD

Conference is proud of our transparent and democratic structures. We note the way in which we organise is not always reflected in other areas of the union. Conference welcomes the opportunity to meet annually to determine LGBT policy, elect our delegates to represent us at National Delegate and Service Group Conferences and to select motions […]

UNITED NATION’S CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF DISABLED PERSONS

Conference applauds the National LGBT Committee’s work on human rights which has greatly improved the understanding of human rights based approaches to the delivery of public services within the mainstream union membership as well as amongst LGBT members. Conference welcomes the previous government’s signing of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons […]

STOP THE SURVEILLANCE OF DISABLED PEOPLE’S BENEFITS AND SPENDING POWER – DEMAND CRIMINALISATION OF INDIVIDUAL AND CORPORATE TAX FRAUDSTERS

This conference is gravely concerned about reports on 10 August 2010 that government intends to use credit rating firms to target disabled people claiming benefits by using intelligence about what disabled people choose to spend their benefit on. We see this latest attack as another bounty hunter initiative that could cost billions of pounds to […]

AXING OUR RIGHTS

This Conference is deeply concerned at the coalition government’s announcement on Friday 13th August of its decision to axe the Audit Commission. The Commission has played an important role in promoting the employment rights and public service provision to disabled people by those public authorities that are covered by the Disability Equality Duty. Our greatest […]

EQUALITY OF ACCESS TO PUBLICLY FUNDED FERTILITY SERVICES

The introduction of the Human Fertilization and Embryology (HFE) bill in 2008 removed the requirement on staff working in fertility clinics to consider the need for a father and replaced it with the need for supportive parenting when considering eligibility for treatment. This seemingly opened the door for lesbian and bisexual women to access publicly […]

STEPPING UP GLOBAL AWARENESS FOR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER (LGBT) SOLIDARITY INITIATIVES

Most of us take it for granted that we can organise and meet to discuss work problems, engage in political debate and challenge poor employer practices. Trade unionists in many other countries risk intimidation and even death for active membership in a union. This is all the more dangerous for our LGBT brothers and sisters, […]

Equalities the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Duty to Ensure Compliance ….. a Determined Approach

Conference, we deplore the unprecedented cuts in our vital public services and lament the shocking disregard for the compliance to the hard won advances in the Equalities agenda. Whilst the public sector duties apply primarily to public bodies they also have implications for private and voluntary sector organisations who deliver services on behalf of public […]

PROTECTING OUR RIGHTS WHILE FIGHTING THE CUTS

Conference notes the formation of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition government. Conference recalls the Conservatives’ poor record on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights. Conference notes that despite Cameron’s attempts to make his party more electable, he voted against lesbian fertility rights and same sex couple adoption, and asked for the recording to be stopped […]

Recruitment – a Fresh Approach

Conference recognises the importance that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Conference has previously placed on recruiting members. Regional groups have attended numerous pride events and are involved in LGBT History Month, International Day Against Homophobia / International Day Against Homophobia/Biphobia/Transphobia (IDAHO/IDAHOBITS), Black Pride, BiCon and trans events. Conference celebrates our past work in this […]

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

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 […]

NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE (NHS) SERVICES: FAIR AND EQUAL TREATMENT FOR TRANS PEOPLE

national transgender member caucus Conference notes that trans people continue to experience discrimination at the hands of the NHS. The “Postcode Lottery” of Primary Care Trust (PCT) funding of Gender Reassignment services, with Trans people in some areas being refused services while others are made to wait years for funding. There are long waiting lists […]

PROTECTING SEX WORKERS AND TACKLING PROSTITUTION

Conference notes that this year’s National Delegate Conference carried motion 117 “Demand Change!”, submitted by National Women’s Conference. The resolution endorses the “Demand Change!” campaign by calling for the government to apply the ‘Nordic model’ to tackle prostitution. This model decriminalises those who sell sex acts and supports them to exit prostitution, whilst at the […]

TRANS MEMORIAL DAY

Conference stands together on Trans Memorial Day 2010 in solemn remembrance of the terrible number of trans people who have lost their lives through violent death as a result of hatred due to being who they are. We also remember those many trans people who have taken their own lives, because the bigotry and terrible […]

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER (LGBT) EQUALITY ALL OVER THE WORLD – THE ROLE OF THE TRADE UNION MOVEMENT

This Conference celebrates how the trade union movement is working towards LGBT equality all over the world. Over recent years this has included: 1.Raising issues of sexual orientation and gender identity/gender expression discrimination in the International Labour Organisation; 2.Supporting the work of ILGA and ILGA-Europe; 3.Protesting against laws and proposed laws against LGBT people; 4.Campaigning […]

BASE-LINING IN ORDER TO BUILD OUR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER (LGBT) FUTURE

This Conference is PROUD to have so many LGBT members in its membership. Conference realises that in a number of areas good progress has been made on organising LGBT members & those areas should be rightly recognised for their ongoing work & efforts. However, Conference is of the view that to properly establish where we […]