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LGBT members

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 LGBT 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 eqadmin@ucu.org.uk and ask to be added to the list.

LGBT Members' News

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:

  • Using the right language
  • The Law and LGB and T people
  • Workplace issues and good practice
  • Trans workplace issues
  • Monitoring: why and how
  • Challenging prejudice, promoting equality
  • Resources: help and advice

View and download: LGBT Equality at Work, Third Edition, 2013

Information about the Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality can be found at the forum website here: http://sgforum.org.uk 

LGBT Members' International Experiences

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.

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.

 (.pdf) file type icon Trans equality in post-school education (.pdf) [765kb]

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