LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL & TRANSGENDER MEMBERS GROUP
We donít have an active group for UNISON Members up and running at the moment but VISIBLE, is the Councilís staff support group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Staff.† It is open to all LGBT staff, including those not directly employed by the Council but serving the Council.† It meets 6 times a year, although this is likely to change to 10 times a year once the terms of reference are finalised.
Meetings for this year have been booked for Tuesdays from 5pm - 7pm and will be held in room F4 in the Town Hall as follows:
7th August 2007 - Terms of Reference to be finalised + homophobia DVD will be shown.
6th November 2007
We revised the Terms of Reference at the last meeting on 24th April and would appreciate your comments on the first draft. This can be accessed via the Councilís Intranet.† If you donít have access to the Intranet, then please contact the Branchís Group Representative, Peter Hayward-Brewer on 020 8680 1373.
Even if you haven't been to any previous meetings, we need to know what you might want this group to do in future to ensure the needs of all our LGBT staff are met. This is a particularly important time given that the regulations around provision of goods and services protections came into effect from 30th April. This means if you are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender you cannot be refused services based on your sexuality or gender identity, just as you cannot be refused services based on your ethnicity, religion, disability or gender.
You can also find out more about UNISONís National LGBT Self-Organised Group and sign-up to the members email newsletter by visiting www.unison.co.uk/out/index.asp