LGBT Officers position is currently vacant, if you are interested in this position please contact the branch.


31 March is Transgender Day of Visibility

31 March is a day to show support for the trans community and bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people everywhere while fighting transphobia.

Many trans people do not feel comfortable celebrating their identities so we need more people to stand up as allies for the trans community. Read about trans people’s experiences, challenge transphobia and show support to your trans friends and families.

UNISON has information and materials that you can use if you are running a recruitment stall or attending a pride event later in the year.

Find out how to be a trans ally
View UNISON’s LGBT+  equality page

Against a backdrop of a rise in hate crimes, UNISON has launched new guidance on how LGBT+ members can be supported

Dear friends,


Welcome to our latest news update!


LGBT+ History Month


As we enter the last week of LGBT History month let's explore UNISON’s contribution to the struggle for LGBT+ equality.


Take a look at our website here:



LGBT+ Development Weekend March 2020 – SPACES STILL AVAILABLE!


The deadline for registration has been extended to Monday 2nd March!

For more information and registration visit:  You can email or call 029 2072 9413 for registration details.


Please share far and wide with your networks and encourage members to attend!


LGBT+ Meeting dates 2020


March 6th,                                        LGBT+ SOG Meeting                                                                                                                      10:30am to 15:00pm

April 11th                                LGBT+ SOG Meeting, Dragon Hotel, Swansea                                                                         10:30am to 15:00pm

June 25th                               LGBT+ SOG Meeting, Imperial Hotel, Llandudno                                                                      10:30am to 15:00pm

December 4th                       LGBT+ Annual General Meeting & SOG Meeting, UNISON House, Cardiff                         10:30am to 15:00pm


Agenda’s and further information will be sent out before each meeting. If you wish to attend or want to request for an item to be added to the agenda please email the LGBT+ Group Secretary, Sharon Merryman-Rees at:



LGBT+ Training


March 6th, 7th & 8th                    Regional LGBT+ Development Weekend, Holiday Inn, City Centre, Cardiff                          Starts 6th at 16:00pm and ends 8th at 13:00pm

March 25th                             LGBT+ Branch Officers Training & Contacts Training, UNISON Centre, London

TBC                                        LGBT+ Branch Officers Training



Assistance provided to members to attend UNISON meetings/events


Lunch provided at all regional meetings and events. Reasonable expenses including accommodation and travel will be paid to members (subject to conditions). If you would like to attend any of our events but you may have difficulty because of care commitments or adjustments are required UNISON may be able to assist. If you are not OUT within your Branch and do not wish to disclose your identity, you may contact Ryan Williams, Area Organiser, at UNISON House, Custom House Street, Cardiff on Tel: 029 2072 9413 or email: who on your behalf will gladly make the necessary arrangements for you to attend or answer any questions that you might have.





The summer months will soon be upon us! So the Regional LGBT+ Group would like to start organising for the busy time of PRIDE events across Wales.




Are you aware of  PRIDE events taking place in your area? Let us know! Email them to:


PRIDE Events confirmed so far:


May 2nd                      Swansea PRIDE

July 18th                    Llanelli

August 28th & 29th   PRIDE Cymru, Cardiff


Check out the UNISON PRIDE Guide! This will help Branches and activists support and organise PRIDE activities:


LGBT+ Dates for the diary – Celebrations, Remembrance and Awareness


This year the Regional LGBT+ Group have agreed to mark the below dates. Branches are asked to consider these dates when planning and organising their events for the year of 2020. 


March 31st                 International Transgender Day of Visibility

May 17th                   International Day Against Homophobia

June                           Pride Month UK

June 27th                 Stonewall Riots Anniversary

September 23rd      Celebrate Bisexuality Day

October 10th – 17th  Hate Crime Awareness Week

October 11th            National Coming Out Day

November 20th       Transgender Day of Remembrance

December 1st          World AIDS Day



Other news


UNISON Cymru/Wales LGBT+ Officer, Ryan Williams featured in the Morning Star on 27th January for International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Read the article here:


The latest edition of Out in UNISON is now available:



Stay in touch


Sign up to the Cymru/Wales LGBT+ email network by emailing:

Contact our LGBT+ Group Secretary, Sharon Merryman-Rees at:

Visit UNISON LGBT+ webpage:  

Follow us on Facebook: @UnisonLgbt+


If you no longer wish to receive emails from our network please let us know.

February may have been cold and wet but the UNISON fires burned brightly this month

It’s LGBT History Month, so there’s no better time to explore UNISON’s contribution to the struggle for equality

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Celebrate LGBT month this February

February is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History month, which celebrates not only the history of LGBT and related civil rights movements, but also the diver LGBT+ community.

LGBT History month came about in 2005, two years after the abolition of section 28 in 2003. And its primary aim is to raise awareness of and combat prejudice against the LGBT+ community whilst celebrating its achievement and diversity and making
it more visible.    

UNISON has plenty of information that will help you to work with and support colleagues to make your workplace LGBT+ inclusive, and materials that you can use if you are having a recruitment stall during February or attending a pride event later in the year.

Learn more

Minutes of the Cymru Wales LGBT Self-Organised Group Meeting

May 17th, 2019 at Holiday Inn Cardiff.

Attendance: - Sharon Merryman-Rees, Ryan Williams, Pat Jones, Karl Whitehead

 Carol Merryman-Rees, Neil Kowalski-Davies, Aled Gustafson, Joy Coughlan, Lianne Silcox. Sian Stockham, Tanya Palmer, Stephen Stockham, Ian Horsburg.

Apologies: - Martin O’Sullivan Prismick, David Coleman, Martyn David. Richard Tanswell.

Regional Secretary

Before the meeting officially started Tanya Palmer explained that she was the acting Regional Secretary and she was here to support all the equality groups and try to help us in any way she could to be more involved with Unison.

Sian Stockham was invited along, and she told the group about her role as the National Committee representing Cymru / Wales and participated in meeting.

Confirmation of previous minutes: - confirmed by AG, CM-R

Guest Speakers: - Cymru/Wales Young Members Forum. Unfortunately, couldn’t attend. He sent a report about Respect Your Youth a charter for young workers in Wales and AG explained the report for the group.

Matters arising: - All Matters Arising on Agenda

Finance/Budgets:   RW reports LGBT £6666.50 LGBT, Mardi Gras £1811.00, GPF £8000 to spend balance to be given back if not spent. Letters have been sent to branches to ask for donations. We have received some donations already. It was explained that we must purchase everything via Unison suggested companies i.e. TC Branding Group. Anything bespoke must be agreed by Dominic McCaskill. 

Campaigns/Events & SOG LGBT Action Plan: - As a result of England Education Announcing schools don’t have to give same sex education.  It was suggested to write a motion to Regional Council about same sex education in schools in Wales for them to take to the Welsh Assembly because Wales have announced their curriculum to promote but not mandatory same sex education. 

IH suggested that we look at Alzheimer’s and dementia and how care is given to the LGBT+ community he has done some work under LGBT+ care will send email to RW.

 National Delegates Conference & National LGBT SOG WTUC: - National Delegates LGBT Conference 15-17 November in Bournemouth. Regional Reps for LGBT Conference three members of the group names were put forward Adele King, Carol Merryman-Rees, Neil Kowalski -Davies. Carol and Neil were chosen as reps for this year’s Conference. Motions need to be submitted by 27/7/19. So, we will be working on these outsides of meetings to try and get something submitted.  Dementia, Relationship Education and Gender-neutral toilets have also be suggested as motions added to the ones, we worked on at the last Development weekend.

Regional Council: - NTR

Pride Events: - Llantwit Major pride PJ to follow up, Llanelli Pride, AG to contact Rachael Middleton -James about this AG to report back. Abergavenny July 6th Sian and AG. TUC LGBT Conference July 4th. Merthyr Rising NW-D will be attending. Royal Welsh Show 22-25 July. Any volunteers please contact RW

 RW reported that he hasn’t had a response from Swansea local government branch / organiser about meeting up with us. They didn’t even contact us about the items we said we would provide for them for Swansea Pride.

Pride Cymru: - RW emailed the organisers they said that they were unaware of some of our concerns. PJ spoke to Pride committee about issues again they said they were unaware of them. We agreed to attend this year and see if there are similar problems this year then we will review it again. Freebies suggested to purchase are card holders, lanyards, silicone wrist bands, mugs, paper carrier bags, rainbow stress brains, cool bags.  

CM-R sourced prices and places to purchase a flag for the group with our Logo. Also provided samples for the group to see and it was agreed to purchase 6 light weight 10mx3m and 5mx3m flags with our logo and purple flags. 

Affiliations: - ILGA 

Reports from Branches: -

KW: - British Gas Branch are holding events for LGBT Pride History month. Also, a recruitment drive.

PJ: - Ymlaen have had elections within the branch and have some new officers in place. Also held an unconscious bias event which was very successful.

NK-D: - His branch is having a stall during LGBT History Month. He is vice chair of the Equality Liaison Committee  



 My notes are not very clear so I will be interested to see if anybody got anything to add to any other business please.


Next meeting time and place to be confirmed.

LGBT: UNISON guidance on Gender Recognition Act consultation
Government consultation closes on 18 October on act which enables transgender people to change their sex/gender on their birth certificate. The guide is intended to make responding to the government consultation on reforming the Act easier and to give information and guidance on some of the key issues.
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