Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT)
UNISON members who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organise locally, regionally and nationally to support each other, to identify discrimination, to increase awareness of LGBT rights and to campaign for change.
SEPA UNISON LGBT SOG
SEPA UNISON’s LGBT Self Organised Group (SOG) has been
running since May 2016. It is an award-winning group, after receiving UNISON's Branch LGBT Recruitment & Organising Award at the National LGBT Conference in November 2016. If you are a member who self- identifies as L, G, B or
T and you wish to join this group, please see SEPA UNISON’s LGBT Officer Fiona Gentle for more
details. Confidentiality is top priority so being out in the workplace is not
an issue! We also have a general enquiries mailbox UnisonLGBT@sepa.org.uk.
This can be used for members who have any general enquiries relating to LGBT
issues and SEPA UNISON involvement. This should not be used for any
confidential issues, if you have such an issue please speak to Fiona Gentle directly.
Campaigning for change
SEPA UNISON SOG has pledged its support for a National UNISON LGBT
campaign at Conference in November 2016. This was for Time for Inclusive Education (TIE).
TIE is committed to
improving access to LGBT inclusive education in all Scottish schools. Inclusive
education can help tackle homo/bi/transphobia, create a safer learning
environment for all pupils (regardless of their sexual orientation or gender
identity), and can also help eliminate the fact that 25% of LGBT school students
attempt suicide at least once.
SEPA UNISON Branch Committee has given support to this campaign and gifted a charitable donation, enough to train 3 teachers in inclusive education. SEPA
staff have also been asked to #signthepledge in support of inclusive education.
More details of the campaign can be found on TIE's website.
Increase awareness of
SEPA UNISON SOG are currently working with SEPA in terms of
inclusive language in current procedures and policies and developing new
procedures and policies in support of LGBT members where we have identified
SEPA UNISON SOG have engaged SEPA for a joint staff survey
specifically around LGBT issues.
UNISON Scotland events 2017
The first UNISON Scotland LGBT newsletter was released in
April 2017. This can be found on UNISON Scotland’s Facebook page or ask LGBT
officer for a hardcopy.
Social Event - All
LGBT self-identifying members are invited to join the LGBT Scotland Committee
SOG for an afternoon of discussion and fun. The event will take place on
Saturday 15th July 2017 at 1:30pm at UNISON Shared Branch Office, Empire House,
Floor 4, 131 West Nile St, Glasgow.
There will be a movie and discussion on the
themes involved and how this impacts on LGBT people across Scotland. Food and
drink will be provided and the plan is to continue out later onto the scene for
a few drinks for those who wish to join us.
Pride - This year
the regional committee will have stalls at both Glasgow and Edinburgh Pride.
Pride will be on Saturday the 17th of June. UNISON will be based at Teviot
House from 11am till 16:30pm. Parade meeting point will be outside the Scottish
Parliament Building at 12pm, just look for the rainbow UNISON Scotland banner!
Pride will be August 19th and 20th at Glasgow Green. UNISON will be there on
both days. Parade meeting point is at Charlotte St entrance to the green at
11.45am, again look for the banner.
UNISON Scotland LGBT
AGM 2017 - Saturday 7th October 11am – 2pm at UNISON Shared Branch Office,
Empire House, Floor 4, 131 West Nile Street, Glasgow, G1 2RX. Come along and
have your say! See LGBT officer for more details.
UNISON National LGBT
Conference 2017 - 17 to 19th November at Brighton Conference
Centre, come along and be a branch delegate or visitor! See LGBT officer for
UNISON 2017 LGBT calendar released
UNISON retired members conference - Southport - 4/5
Hate crime awareness week - 10-17 October.
UNISON national disabled members conference - Brighton - 29-31
UNISON national LGBT committee meeting - Llandudno -1 7
UNISON LGBT conference-Llandudno - 18-20 November
Transgender Day of Remembrance - 20 November
ILGA world conference-Bangkok - 28 Nov to 2
UNISON information resources, which you can get involved in without being out
in work, are:
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alternatively, you can ring UNISONdirect
0800 0 857 857 (voice) or 0800 096 7968 (minicom) or
write to Carola Towle, National officer-LGBT Equality, UNISON centre, 130
Euston Road, London NW1 2AY)- Including signing up to the confidential National
LGBT mailing list & the monthly National LGBT e-bulletin.