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There are number of ways in which lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) members can raise their concerns, keep informed on new developments and be involved in shaping UCU policy.
UCU has an equality unit with expertise all equality areas including issues concerning LGBT members. The unit provides information (including regular newsletters), guidance and support to union officers and members.
If you are experiencing discrimination, bullying or harassment at work see the main equality page for advice on getting support.
Resources and guidance for UCU equality officers and activists can be found in the equality resource centre in the UCU activists section of the website, with a dedicated page for LGBT equality resources.
Representation within UCU
The rules of the union have been drafted to ensure LGBT members are represented in UCU's democratic structures. There will be eleven 'equality seats' on the national executive committee (NEC) - elected directly by all members. Two of these seats is for a representative of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members members, one from Further Education and one from Higher Education. The executive comprises a number of sub-committees including an equality committee.
A conference for LGBT members is held every year: Annual meeting for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members of UCU.. This conference elects a LGBT members' committee (LGBTMC). The LGBTMC can send two motions and two amendments to the annual national congress, and to the sector conferences.
LGBT members' email list
As well as these formal structures the equality unit operates a LGBT members' email list to keep you in touch with relevant events and information which any UCU member can join - just contact the equality unit on email@example.com and ask to be added to the list.
LGBT Members' News
New TUC Guidance: LGBT Equality at Work
The position of lesbian,gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB and T) people in Britain has been transformed beyond recognition in the course of a single generation. However, the problems that remain are substantial and trade unions, which have played a major part in winning the improvements gained in recent years, still have work to do.
LGBT Equality at Work (Third Edition) provides a context for LGBT equality issues today with sections covering:
View and download: LGBT Equality at Work, Third Edition, 2013 [PDF]
The Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Post-School Education Newsletter
The February forum newsletter has attracted some very favourable feedback, and is available for download at the forum website here: http://sgforum.org.uk
UCU would like to collect feedback from our LGBT members about their experiences whilst working abroad for their institution.
LGBT workers have a right to expect to be protected from discrimination under the terms of the Equality Act and their institution's equality policy. However, during the course of working for your college or university it is possible that you may find yourself working abroad, either on a short visit or longer term basis. Sometimes you may not have a choice over where you end up. Sometimes this will mean working in a country or environment that is non-LGBT friendly.
There is growing evidence of academic and academic-related staff enduring discrimination whilst working abroad for their institutions, and UCU would like to collect first-hand testimonies from our members to feed into a research project it is undertaking. If you have experience of the issues raised in this circular, please send your feedback to the equality team administrator, Sharon Russell
New Trans Guidance Published
Marking LGBT History Month the Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Post-School Education has published guidance on trans equality in post-school education. You can download it below.
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