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We have a fantastic range of fringe meetings taking place so you can join the debate around key LGBT+ issues for the trade union movement both in the UK and around the world.

Sign up to your preferred events from our calendar below. 

Please note, unless stated otherwise, fringes are organised by affiliated unions. We have listed these fringe events in good faith as they are an opportunity for unions to bring their members concerns to the foreground for discussion. Topics and content discussed in fringe events do not necessarily represent TUC policy, which can only be made at Congress, and are the responsibility of the organising unions involved.  

Wednesday 24 February 2021 

LGBT+ Mental Health and Covid-19

Time: 18:30

Organiser: GMB

At this GMB fringe event we’ll consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBT+ mental health. LGBT+ people experience poor mental health at higher rates than straight, cisgender people. We’ll talk about how the pandemic has affected this. We’ll also look at the results of the recent GMB Covid-19 mental health member survey.

Chair: Brian Shaw, co-chair of the GMB National Equality Forum and chair of GMB London Shout
Speakers: to be confirmed


Intersex 101 - Rights, Voices and Futures

Time: 19:30

Organiser: NHBC SA/UNISON & Intersex UK

An introduction to the 'I' in LGBTQI+. Learn of the issues faced in life and the workplace every day, with lived experience from the panel members. Followed by Q&A.
Chair: Julia Georgiou, NHBCSA/Eileen Best, UNISON/Holly Greenberry, Intersex UK

Speakers: Holly Greenberry; Kaz Williams, UNISON; Anick Soni, Black Pride; Doris Umelor; Joe Holliday

Friday 26 February 2021 

Global Union Federations and Why They Are Important for LGBT+ rights

Time: 12:00

Organiser: UNISON

Now more than ever, trade unions need to work together globally, to ensure that hard-fought for workers' rights are not lost and that equalities remain high on the agenda. There are nine Global Union Federations, covering different sectors, and they are now working together to fight for LGBT+ rights. Come along to hear about the campaign by Global Unions, and why your union should get involved.
Chair: Eileen Best and Jennifer Black, UNISON representatives on the TUC LGBT+ Committee
Speakers: Mitchell Coe, Public Services International LGBT+ rights campaign officer; Darienne Flemington, co-chair of ILGA Europe

Nick Crook, UNISON head of international relations
 


Sex Workers' Rights and LGBT+ Equality

Time: 18:00

Organisers: UCU, CWU, ASLEF, GMB

Panel discussion on the discrimination of sex work: why it is a trade union issue, how it fits within LGBT+ equality, what other reforms to welfare and society need to happen alongside, and how trade unions can support sex workers.

Chair: Martin Chivers

Speakers: Nadia Whitthome, Labour MP; Dr Jo Grady, general secretary UCU; Laura Watson, English Collective of Prostitutes; Lydia Caradonna, DeCrim Now; Adeline Berry, Sex Workers Alliance Ireland


Sexual harassment in the workplace - why is this an LGBT+ issue?

Time: 18:30

Organiser: Unite

Unite the Union campaigning for LGBT+ workers in celebration of LGBT+ History Month.

Chair: Phil Jones

Speakers: Diana Holland, Unite AGS for equalities; Sue Coe, TUC senior policy officer; Kate Osborne, MP; Caroline Underhill; Thompsons Solicitors; Harish Patel, Unite national officer


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