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 […]

SUPPORTING LESBIAN. GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER (LGBT) CONFERENCES

The 4th Asian Regional International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association conference scheduled to be held on March 26-29, 2010 in Surabaya, Indonesia, ended before it could start. Conference participants were threatened by religious fundamentalist groups in Surabaya led by the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI). The International Lesbian. Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

UK GOVERNMENT ADVOCACY FOR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER (LGBT) HUMAN RIGHTS – HOLDING THE COALITION TO ACCOUNT

Conference acknowledges the breakthroughs achieved under the last government to promote LGBT equality internationally. These included: 1.Support for and representation at Pride events; 2.Support for statements on LGBT equality at the United Nations General Assembly and Human Rights Council; 3.The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) toolkit to promote LGBT equality Conference recognises that Government Minister […]

Young Members’ Seats on National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Committee

Conference is aware that Young Members are the next generation of activists and leaders. Decisions taken at this and every other UNISON conference will affect their lives more than any others. Conference notes that Young Members are recognised and have a seat on the highest body of this union, the National Executive Council. UNISON needs […]

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 […]

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 […]

SUPPORT FOR OLDER LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER (LGBT) PEOPLE IN RURAL AREAS

In rural areas many older LGBT people can be left feeling isolated and unsupported. Very often the support networks and access to services and health provisions enjoyed by older LGBT people living in urban areas is just non existent in rural areas. Conference it is vital for the mental and physical well being of our […]

LOVE WITHOUT BORDERS

98% of UK lesbian, gay and bisexual Asylum cases are refused at the initial application stage and the asylum system results in many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Asylum seekers being returned to countries where they may face persecution and possible death. It has now become essential that the national LGBT Committee continue a […]