Domestic Violence in the LGBT Community

The media constantly portrays domestic violence as a heterosexual experience. Literature uses male pronouns to describe batterers and female pronouns to describe victims. The terms ‘domestic violence’ and ‘violence against women’ have become interchangeable. As a result, people who interact with victims frequently are unaware of the existence of domestic violence in the LGBT community. […]

Celtic Connections and the LGBT Youth Charter of Rights

Conference notes that another successful ‘Celtic Connections’ training event took place in Glasgow this year, between Scottish and North Irish LGBT members. This training focussed on the theme of multiple identity and multiple discrimination and continued on from the Scottish UNISON LGBT AGM, which had debated issues surrounding older LGBT people. Transgender awareness training was […]

UNISON – European Pride

While over 500,000 people attended the various events and over 50,000 marching for Europride in London last June, events throughout major European cities have not met such an enthusiastic welcome. With reference to the Pride march in Riga Latvia on Saturday, July 22 the meeting at the city council refused permissions for the march to […]

Screening of Blood Donors

Conference congratulates both the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) and the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) on their continuing hard work keeping the United Kingdom with a 24 hour blood supply with the resources that they have at present. Conference calls on the National LGBT Committee to include SNBTS in the review of evidence, […]

Goods, Facilities and Services Equality and Our Transgender Members

Conference welcomes the steps forward in LGBT equality with the Government’s upcoming anti-discrimination legislation on grounds of sexual orientation in the provision of goods, facilities and services. Conference also welcomes the responses from national & regional groups, as well as individuals, to the consultation document. It is with regret though that the consultation document was […]

International Pride Events

Conference is concerned about the hostile receptions that various Pride events have received in Europe and across the world. Events organised in Warsaw, Moscow and Riga, amongst others, have been met with violence and homophobia Pride events have also been hindered, banned or experienced violent protests in other cities such as Belgrade, Chisinau, Bucharest, Zagreb, […]

Disclosure of Sexual Orientation to Clients

Conference notes that Buckinghamshire is a rural county predominantly made up of small communities and that workers in public services often find themselves in situations where they are forced to disclose their sexual orientation to clients because both live in the same locality. When confronted with this problem it is often the response of supervisors […]

Local Authorities and the Repeal of Section 28

In 2003 Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 was repealed. The Act stated that a local authority “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”. Although national legislation has […]

Diversity in Survival: Burma

Conference congratulates UNISON for its role in awareness raising about Burma (Myanmar) in particular for its ongoing campaign within the Labour and trade union movement to pressurise international governments to impose investment sanctions on Burma. Burma has been controlled by a military dictatorship for the past 40 years, condemned by the UN and numerous International […]

Palestine – No Pride in Occupation

Conference recalls the resolutions on Palestine of the Twelfth UNISON Lesbian & Gay Conference and the First UNISON Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Conference. It reaffirms those decisions but regrets to note how little progress has been made to carry them out. Conference instructs the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGB&T) Committee to review […]

The Equalities Review

This conference expresses concern about some of the findings and recommendations that The Equalities Review published in its Interim Report for Consultation. In particular, conference considers that: 1.The report’s rejection of a ‘strand-based’ approach is merely a fig-leaf to ignore or downplay certain strands especially gender identity; 2.It relies too much on academic research and […]

British National Party

Conference notes with alarm: 1.The British National Party’s (BNP) advance in the English local elections of May 2006; 2.The BNP’s electoral success and media attention in May has encouraged it to contest local government by-elections even more widely than before; and 3.The BNP Council Manifesto, its official monthly magazine and other media and spokespeople have […]

Organising for Equality – Training

Conference welcomes the publication of “Organising for Equality – UNISON Guidelines on Self Organisation”. However, conference regrets how briefly these guidelines discuss training. Conference considers there needs to be systematic availability of training to members of self-organised groups and further training on the roles and responsibilities of officers and representatives. Conference instructs the National LGBT […]

Conference Action Report

Conference recalls: 1.The resolution of the fourth National Lesbian & Gay Conference (1996) to instruct the National Lesbian & Gay Committee to produce and circulate to regional groups a detailed action plan within ten weeks of the close of conference; and 2.The resolution of the eleventh National Lesbian & Gay Conference (2003) to instruct the […]

Women’s Participation

Conference welcomes the ongoing work and consultation regarding women’s participation in the LGBT self organised group following motions carried at the 2005 LGBT Conference. Conference recognises that the time scale of a year was not sufficient to ensure a comprehensive and inclusive consultation took place which included the views of LGBT women who are not […]