Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

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The TUC Charter on international LGBT solidarity spells out the
The TUC is encouraging trade unions to collectively challenge the
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights

The TUC campaigns for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people at work and in society. An annual national conference for lesbian and gay trade unionists was established in 1998 (bisexual and transgender rights were included shortly after). The conference elects a committee to advise the TUC on LGBT issues.

The TUC has been involved in all the campaigns to end legal discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity and helped bring about all the legal reforms since the late 1990s, including same sex marriage in 2013. This work included challenging the government over the employment regulations (now contained within the Equality Act 2010) in the High Court in 2004, after which a partial victory was won on survivor benefits in occupational pensions.

The TUC now supports the campaign to end the exemptions altogether.

Trans Manifesto

The TUC supports the manifesto agreed by trans organisations calling for a review of all relevant legislation including removal of the “spousal veto” preventing many trans people from being able to enjoy the right to same sex marriage. Please support the current campaign for politicians to back its demands: http://www.lgbtconsortium.org.uk/transmanifesto

​Promote equality in education

Alongside work to remove outstanding legal inequalities, the TUC campaigns to challenge the ignorance and prejudice that remain strong in British society. To this end, unions work to promote equality in areas such as education (where we work with campaigns such as Schools Out (http://www.schools-out.org.uk) and sport, where the TUC hosts an alliance of groups working for the same goals.

LGBT History Month

The TUC supports LGBT History Month each February and many unions organise activities during the month (http://www.lgbthistorymonth.org.uk).

LGBT Pride

The TUC and many individual unions take part in LGBT Pride events across the country every summer. The TUC nationally supports Pride London and organises a large trade union presence at the Pride parade and the subsequent rally in Trafalgar Square. The TUC also actively promotes UK Black Pride (www.ukblackpride.org.uk). 

International solidarity

International solidarity has been important to the TUC and encouraging the trade union movement in Europe and globally to challenge oppressive laws and prejudiced cultures in the many countries where being LGB or T is illegal or currently socially unacceptable has been a central priority. The Charter for international LGBT solidarity [PDF].

Guidance

Guidance is published from time to time to help unions, union members and LGBT rights campaigners to promote LGBT equality in the workplace and to ensure the full inclusion of LGBT people in all areas. The latest workplace guidance  LGBT Equality at Work was published in 2013.

Contact

For information about the TUC’s work on LGBT issues contact Peter Purton, [email protected].


The 2015 Birmingham Pride Parade will be led by the original members of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM), who recently returned to public prominence with the film PRIDE. They will also be joined by hundreds of trade unionists from across the Midlands.
22 May 2015
The purpose of the Charter is to establish the principles on the basis of which trade unions should operate to protect and advance the rights to equality of LGBT people everywhere.
27 March 2015
The TUC is today (Friday) launching a new Charter for International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Solidarity. The central message of the Charter is that solidarity is at the core of trade union values, but that decisions regarding when, whether and how to act must be firmly in the...
27 March 2015
The TUC Charter on international LGBT solidarity spells out the duty of unions to support LGBT people facing oppression across the world, and explains the principles on which it must be based. The Charter has been endorsed by the International TUC.
13 March 2015
The TUC is encouraging trade unions to collectively challenge the prejudice faced by many LGBT people in football and wider sport. As with many trade union campaigns we want to encourage local victories and engagement with local clubs, supporters groups and county football associations which are vital to contribute towards...
28 January 2015
A toolkit designed to stamp out homophobia in football is being launched today (Wednesday) by the TUC as part of a concerted action by unions and their allies.
28 January 2015
Today (Thursday), on Transgender Day of Remembrance, the TUC is calling for an end to violence against trans people and for specialist support services for trans people to be protected from government spending cuts. The TUC will join trans people and their supporters today in remembering those who have been...
20 November 2014
In this issue: Equality Conferences; Discrimination Law Conference; Equality Officers Briefings; Women’s Conference deadlines; Black Workers’ Conference deadlines; Disabled Workers Conference; LGBT Conference; Trade Union Women’s Reception; UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Event; UK Disability History Month
14 November 2014
A new report published today (Wednesday) – commissioned by the TUC from London Metropolitan University – exposes the impact on LGBT services of the government’s austerity measures. Staying Alive: The Impact of Austerity Cuts on the LGBT Voluntary and Community Sector in England and Wales is the first major investigation...
03 September 2014
This is an exclusive article written by Patrick Strudwick in the Society pages of the Guardian newspaper. A new report Staying Alive: The Impact of Austerity Cuts on the LGBT Voluntary and Community Sector in England and Wales commissioned by the TUC from London Metropolitan University – exposes the impact...
03 September 2014

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