Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender
A plan of public campaigning and a high-profile presence at Pride events were the keynote decisions at RMT’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender conference – the biggest in its history.
A contagious mood of activity and growth permeated the gathering, which pledged solidarity with working people fighting for LGBT rights at home and abroad. Conference chair noted that the LGBT committee had gained 12 new members, was planning a major presence at Pride in London on July 7 and at Tolpuddle, and had been involved in Pride events at Bristol and Blackpool.
This is the TUC press release of a recent meeting of the future of pride which was attended by several union and community group representatives including the RMT's LGBT Officer
In the aftermath of the problems that afflicted London's World Pride earlier this month, community groups and LGBT trade unionists have confirmed their support for a national Pride to be held in central London, an event that is free and accessible to all, and a celebration as well as a demand for equality.
The RMT had a strong presence at this years World Pride, held in London for the first time. It was also the fortieth anniversary of the first Pride parade held in London, and veterans from what would have been a very different protest for gay rights led what has largely become a celebration of LGBT liberation and values.
The RMT group was attended by Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual members as well other members who wanted to demonstrate their and the unions support for equality. This including General Secretary Bob Crow whose attendance was filmed for BBC News.
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Here is the latest edition of the RMT's LGBT newsletter - Standing Proud.
In this edition are
- details of this year's LGBT conference
- upcoming events including World Pride, which takes place in London on the 7th of July
- LGBT motions and reports on their progress.
- and much more
Please email to your friends and colleagues, or print the newsletter and distribute at your workplace.
Several resolutions from equality advisory committees have been discussed by the RMT's Council of Executives at its Statutory Meetings, June 2012. These include:
- Relationship With The United Nations
- Rmt Representation At Btuc Lgbt Conference - Gender Quotas
- Venues Of Rmt Lgbt National Advisory Committee Meetings
- National Black And Ethnic Minority Members Adivsory Committee Deputy
- Role Of Local Black And Ethnic Minority Secretary
- Liaison Officer Post
- Police Brutality And Deaths At The Hands Of The Police
- Police Corruption
- Black And Ethnic Minority Executives
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The RMT Council Of Exectives have made decisions on the following equalities resolutions:
- No to hate crime
- Merchandise for women
- RMT National Lgbt Advisory Committee
- Aviation Industry Forced Gay Flight Attendant Into A Sham Marriage
- Campaign For Equal Marriage
- Gay Cure Adverts On Tfl Buses
- Women's refuges - domestic violence policy
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From General Secretary Bob Crow
On 7 July 2012 visitors from around the world will join one million people on the streets of central London to celebrate World Pride 2012 – the largest ever LGBT Pride festival in the UK. RMT will be supporting the TUC’s section of this festival in promoting trade unions to the LGBT community and the wider world as champions of LGBT equality.
COUNCIL OF EXECUTIVES REPORT
There were four resolutions carried at last year’s Conference all of which are set out in the 2011 Minutes already circulated to delegates. Two of these were submitted to the Annual General Meeting where they were carried. Each will be dealt with in turn.
There were six motions at the LGBT conference this year. All were passed. The motion "International LGBT Rights" and "Diversity Role Models: tackling homophobia through education" were voted to go before the unions AGM. The others will be discussed by the unions Executive.
RMT LGBT Conference at Jury’s Inn, Southampton 18th May 2012 Report by Jo Parry.
A total of 23 delegates took part in this year’s conference the largest delegation that I can recall in the last few years. (29 were registered to attend). 7 delegates where from London Transport Region. 4 female delegates were on the list to attend; however, yet again I was the only female delegate to actually turn up.