Tuesday , 23 July 2019

STUC LGBT Conference to underline homophobia and human rights


A conference of LGBT trade union members from all over Scotland will be held in Glasgow this weekend and will tackle work place homophobia, transphobia and biphobia as well as the UK government’s plan to repeal the human rights act

The conference, which will be held during IDAHOT, will focus on problems in the work place, where many still feel unable to be ‘out’ at work for fear of homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.  Other topics will include LGBT accessibility, LGBT mental health and intersex rights.

In addition STUC LGBT members are expected to voice their concerns about the UK government’s plans to abolish the Human Rights Act.

Speaking ahead of the 4th Annual STUC LGBT Workers’ Conference, Jenny Douglas, Chair of the STUC LGBT Workers’ Committee said: “While progress has been made on equality for LGBT people in Scotland, there is still much work to do.

״It should be celebrated that Scotland is currently top of the 2015 Rainbow Europe Index produced by ILGA-Europe but having a good legal framework is not enough.

״LGBT people in Scotland must be able to access their rights and must have confidence that public services will work for them.

“Homophobia and Transphobia in the workplace are still significant problems and many LGBT people still feel unable to be ‘out’ at work. Strong trade unions have a clear role to play in supporting people facing discrimination at work and in fighting to ensure that everyone can access their rights.

“The Westminster Government’s proposed attacks on trade union freedoms, coupled with their desire to repeal the Human Rights Act, send very worrying signals for the future of working people in Scotland.

״We must stand up to such attacks and ensure that the fight for equality goes forwards and not back.”

The theme of this year’s Conference is ‘Breaking Barriers’

Speakers at the Conference include:

Phyllis Opoku Gyimah, Executive Director and Co-Founder of UK Black Pride

Lindsay England, Just a Ball Game

Nathan Gale

Becky Kent, Scottish Transgender Alliance

Ellen Davies, STUC Disabled Workers’ Committee

Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary

Lawrence Wason, STUC President

Workshops will be held on:

LGBT Accessibility

Facilitated by: Dr Jay Hayes-Light, UK Intersex Association

LGBT Hate Crime

Facilitated by: Simon Daley, Police Scotland, and Alan Sneddon, Gay Police Association 

LGBT Mental Health

Facilitated by: Eileen McDade and Andy Malone, Sandyford Counselling Services

The conference will be hosted by the Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre, Glasgow, which last year became the only UK hotel to be ranked in the top 100 employers in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI).

Gary Rice, General Manager of the Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre, commented: “Over the past few years we have continuously invested in finding new ways to create an inclusive work environment for all of our staff and are delighted to be hosting the STUC LGBT Conference, which encourages more employers around the UK to take positive steps to do the same.”

About Dan Littauer

Dan Littauer is a journalist who specializes in LGBTI current affairs, travel writing, feature writing and investigative journalism. He is a correspondent for LGBTQ Nation, ManAboutWorld, and previously worked for Gay Star News, PinkNews, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, Gay Middle East, Lonely Planet as well as contributing occasionally to the BBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN and The Guardian. He also had an extensive career outside journalism, which included teaching psychoanalysis and social science, and consultancy work for the travel market. When he is not busy writing, he can be spotted rambling around the stunning Scottish landscape, where he lives, spending time at home with his cat.

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