LOCATION OF CONFERENCE

Conference recognises the complexity of organising conferences but notes recently they have been held in the same city twice in three years. This imposes both financial and organisational burdens on the host region. Conference therefore instructs the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Committee to work with the conference office to ensure that 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 […]

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 […]

Employment of Trans People

Submitted by Transgender Caucus Conference notes that trans people continue to experience discrimination in both gaining initial employment and retaining employment once they have transitioned and although social attitudes have moved on and despite much positive legislative change in recent years, there is still problems being encountered in the workplace. There is concern that Coalition […]

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 […]

Use of Monitoring Information – Domicile

It has come to the attention of the South West Lesbian Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Committee that the uses to which diversity monitoring information is being put are arbitrary and dislocated. Some, such as ‘targeting LGBT communities by domicile’ are open to, at best misuse, and at worse, threats and intimidation or unsolicited outing. […]

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 […]

TRANSGENDER HEALTH CUTS

Conference notes with alarm that proposed public sector cuts are expected to rise from 25 to 40% under the ‘coalition administration and is fully aware of the difficult decisions facing the NHS organisations that are expected to make these significant financial savings whilst meeting key government targets. Conference is concerned that services such as those […]

RELIGIOUS PRIVILEGE

Conference notes that: 1.The Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 were intended to implement, in part, the European Union (EU) Employment Equality Framework Directive 2000 but the regulations grant an exemption where employment is for a religious purpose for which the directive did not provide and upon which there had been no consultation; 2.Responding to […]

ENGLISH, SCOTTISH AND WELSH DEFENCE LEAGUES

Conference is alarmed at the emergence of the English, Scottish and Welsh Defence Leagues. Conference notes that fascists took power early last century by building legal political parties that engaged in civil society and in constitutional activity like elections but which also included violent mass movements that broke up working class organisation, intimidated activists and […]

PROTECTING ACCESS TO OUR HEALTH SERVICES AND THE THREAT TO SCREENING PROVISION FOR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER (LGBT) PEOPLE

Conference notes with concern continued lack of visibility of LGBT health needs within the health service. As we know massive cuts are planned for front line services and many PCT are under pressure to make savings as well as being at threat of being abolished, to be replaced by local GP consortia. As many LGBT […]

Including Retired Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Members

Conference notes that, although this self-organised group’s remit includes retired LGBT members, they may not take part in debates at this conference. Conference notes in particular that: 1.Rule D4, which defines the self-organised groups, refers throughout to members without reference to the categories of membership in rule C2; however, 2.Rule C2.6.2 says retired members may […]

CONFERENCE TIME – A WASTE OF TIME

Conference recognises the importance of ‘workshops’ to raise awareness, educate and inform members but not at a cost of conference time. Conference also understands that it is important for Caucuses to meet but not at the cost of conference business. Conference notes that at last year’s conference and previous years we have rushed through business […]

Encouraging Participation

National Bisexual Members’ Caucus Conference notes with pride that equality is at the heart of our union and recognises that self organisation is an integral part of equality. Conference unfortunately also notes that some lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and other self organised group members continue to experience unnecessary hindrances in attending their UNISON […]