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Against a backdrop of a rise in hate crimes, UNISON has launched new guidance on how LGBT+ members can be supported
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: https://www.unison.org.uk/
LGBT+ Development Weekend March 2020 – SPACES STILL AVAILABLE!
The deadline for registration has been extended to Monday 2nd March!
For more information and registration
Please share far and wide with your networks and encourage members to attend!
LGBT+ Meeting dates 2020
LGBT+ SOG Meeting, Dragon Hotel, Swansea
SOG Meeting, Imperial Hotel, Llandudno
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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: email@example.com 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.
PRIDE Dates – NEW DATE ADDED!
Are you aware of PRIDE events taking place in your area? Let us know! Email them to: r.williams@firstname.lastname@example.org
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: https://www.unison.org.uk/
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
UNISON Cymru/Wales LGBT+ Officer, Ryan Williams
featured in the Morning Star on 27th January for International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Read the article here: https://morningstaronline.co.
The latest edition of Out in
UNISON is now available: https://www.unison.org.uk/
Stay in touch
Sign up to the Cymru/Wales LGBT+ email network by emailing: email@example.com
Contact our LGBT+ Group Secretary, Sharon Merryman-Rees at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit UNISON LGBT+ webpage: https://www.unison.org.uk/
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
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.
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.
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