Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

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The government review into survivor benefits estimated that 27 per
The TUC works with allies to challenge homophobia and transphobia
The TUC Charter on international LGBT solidarity spells out the

Transforming the workplace - a reps guide to support trans workers

This reps guide provides useful information on supporting trans members in the workplace. It includes the legal framework, practical advice, case studies and good practice.

TUC LGBT Workers Conference 2017

The TUC LGBT Workers Conference brings together trade union activists from across the UK. Paperwork from this conference can be found here.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights

This paper sets out these and other housing issues facing young LGBT people today. It builds on the recommendations of the TUC charter on housing for young people, drawn up by the TUC Young Members’ Forum. It calls on unions to build relationships with LGBT community organisations and use collective bargaining to tackle discrimination, and to campaign for housing policies that are humane and just.

Campaigning for LGBT equality in the workplace 

In the workplace LGBT people may experience oppression and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It is critical that trade union reps and negotiators have the tools to bargain for LGBT inclusion in the workplace.

Current assessment criteria which cover LGBT equality in the workplace, such as the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, are useful indicators and have been important in shaping the debate, but they don’t always encompass the full range of issues that unions might want to consider.

This new guidance is a basis for unions to negotiate for LGBT equality in the workplace. 

TUC submission to Inquiry on Trans Equality

Women and Equalities Committee Transgender Inquiry [PDF] submission by the TUC to the Women and Equalities selection committee Inquiry into Transgender equality (August 2015). The TUC has welcomed the decision of the new select committee to start its work by carrying out an Inquiry on this subject.

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 - February

A list of trade union events for LGBT History Month can be found at on the events page.

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 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.


For information about the TUC’s work on LGBT issues contact Huma Munshi, hmunshi@tuc.org.uk.

- John Walker today won a half-decade legal fight for equal pension benefits for his husband - Employers no longer able to exclude same-sex partners from spousal pension benefits
12 July 2017
More than one in three (36%) of LGBT people have been harassed or bullied at work, according to a major new study published by the TUC today (Thursday), ahead of Pride in London and the TUC’s LGBT conference.
06 July 2017
Report about LGBT+ workers' experiences of harassment and discrimination.
06 July 2017
The 2017 LGBT workers conference takes place on 6 and 7 July. The theme of this year's conference is resisting attacks to LGBT+ workers rights in the face of global political changes. This will be the first digital LGBT workers conference and delegates are reminded to download documents in advance of the conference.
23 June 2017
The 2017 dates for Prides across the UK
14 February 2017
Download Transforming the Workplace - Guide for trade union activists (PDF) Trans people want and expect to be treated with dignity, fairness and equality. Unions can have a major role in ensuring that all workplaces provide a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. Trans people face massive discrimination in the workplace...
20 November 2016
Date: Sunday 20 November 2016 Today (Sunday), on Transgender Day of Remembrance, the TUC has published new guidance for union reps on how to better support trans people in the workplace. The TUC believes transgender people are at risk of discrimination at work. In March a study showed that three...
20 November 2016
The TUC LGBT Workers Conference brings together trade union activists from across the UK. Here is the paperwork from the 2016 conference.
17 November 2016
Speaking at Pride in London today (Saturday) TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady will call on communities to show respect, tolerance and compassion as the struggle to achieve equality continues.
25 June 2016
"I was 16 years old and living at home when I came out as gay to my Mum and her boyfriend. He said I was disgusting. He told me I'd be a bad influence on my sisters. He wanted me to leave. He said to my Mum that she had...
07 June 2016