UNISON LGBT+ Pride
UNISON is the UK’s largest union, serving more than 1.3 million members. We represent full-time and part-time staff who provide public services, although they may be employed in both the public and private sectors. We represent members, negotiate and bargain on their behalf, campaign for better working conditions and pay and for public services. And more besides.
A trade union is a group of employees who join together to maintain and improve their conditions of employment. Trade unions bargain for better pay and conditions and provide assistance and services to their members.
Representing our members is a key part of UNISON’s work. Our reps form the vital links between members and the union as a whole and are volunteers, trained by UNISON to support members at work.
Campaigning is a vital part of our work. It is one method we use to raise awareness of issues, fight for employment rights and gather support for local, national and international issues. One of UNISON’s main aims is to help workers fight for fairness and equality in the workplace and beyond. Challenging discrimination and winning equality is at the heart of everything UNISON does.
UNISON fights discrimination and prejudice in the workplace on behalf of its LGBT+ members. We work together in local and national groups of LGBT+ members to campaign and provide support for our members. We do this by building local and national groups of LGBT+ members, negotiating with employers an offering individual support to anyone experiencing discrimination.
The South East region has a very active LGBT+ committee; we meet throughout the year to discuss campaigns and issues affecting our members. The committee are great supporters of many local pride events across the region and are delighted to be sponsoring Medway and Gravesham for the first (but hopefully not last) time!
Solent Gay Men’s Chorus
We are delighted to present two special videos from our friends at Solent Gay Men’s Chorus, many of whom are UNISON members!
For more information please see their website here: https://www.sgmc.org.uk
UNISON Q&A Session: LGBT+ Rights and Community & Workplace Organisation
UNISON is the country’s largest trade union, with over 1.3 million members. We represent people in the public sector, including those in the NHS, schools, local government, utilities, probation, social care and more besides. The union is divided into 12 separate regions under a national body, including here in the South East, where we have over 100,000 members!
Please join Lucy Power and Patrick Young for a special Q&A session. We’re here to discuss a range of issues including discrimination or bullying by colleagues, how to make sure that the voices of the LGBT+ community are heard in the workplace, how we support a range of LGBT+ charities and organisations, and any other questions or topics you may have for us!
Lucy Power works for Kent Police, and is a member of UNISON’s South East and National LGBT+ Committees, and LGBT+ Representative on both the Regional Women’s Committee and the Regional Police & Justice Service Group.
Patrick Young is an Area Organiser for UNISON South East and Regional Co-Lead for our LGBT+ Self Organised Group. He works to support a number of local government, health, and police and justice branches across the south, and is also the Regional Social Care Lead.
See you there!
Pride month – during a pandemic
June usually represents a time when we come together to celebrate Pride in a spirit of love, acceptance and inclusion; a time when we honour the memory of the original Stonewall activists and organise to face the challenges still ahead.
Sadly, the devastating effects of the coronavirus have meant the cancellation of over one hundred Pride events across the UK, depriving the LGBT+ community of much needed social contact.
Read more here Pride Month During a Pandemic
Please find links for more information from Unison below
Out in UNISON – Our regular newsletter for LGBT+ Members in UNISON
Why the Gender Recognition Act Needs Reform
Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Workers Rights
LGBT+ Working Abroad (attached above)
UNISON LGBT+ Members – How to Get Involved
LGBT+ Workforce Modelling