LGBT+ members

UNISON fights discrimination and prejudice in the workplace on behalf of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (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 and offering individual support to anyone experiencing discrimination. We also provide access to practical advice and legal information.

LGBT+ group priorities

UNISON’s LGBT+ group takes UNISON’s priorities into the LGBT+ community.

They are to:

  • recruit LGBT+ workers into the union;
  • encourage LGBT+ members to get involved;
  • build our network of LGBT+ groups;
  • support individual members;
  • identify and challenge discrimination, informing the union’s negotiations with employers;
  • defend and promote LGBT+ public services;
  • campaign for equality.

How we’re organised

Branch activity: there is a growing network of branch-level LGBT+ groups that discuss local terms and conditions, support individual LGBT+ members with issues at work and debate issues affecting the LGBT+ community. The branch groups jointly feed into regional groups.

Regional activity: the 12 regional LGBT+ groups meet regularly. They represent LGBT+ members at a regional level, arrange training for activists campaign for LGBT+ equality and work with other self-organised groups and young members in UNISON. Each regional group elects two members who represent LGBT+ members at a national level.

National activity: there are two seats for each regional LGBT+ group on UNISON’s national LGBT+ committee, which works with the national executive council and service group executives. There are also seats for bisexual and transgender reps and for Black and disabled LGBT+ reps.