We report back on the latest developments from the TUC equality conferences that have taken place during 2023.
The LGBT+ workers’ conference is a truly welcoming and safe space for all. What always strikes me about this conference is the clear and wide understanding that the challenges that face LGBT+ people are global issues with clear links between domestic and international politics. There’s also a shared understanding that when one part of the community is under attack, it’s a doorway to the suppression of the rights of others too. The LGBT+ community is broad, uniting those who don’t conform to gender or sexuality norms. We’re not all the same, but we do all want the same thing – to be protected, and to be respected for who we are. It’s given us food for thought to make our members’ working lives better.”Chris Rimell
New TUC research launched at conference which investigates the extent to which the progress of recent decades in embedding formal legal protections for LGBT+ workers has translated into positive and inclusive experiences of the workplace.
The results are worrying: despite LGBT+ workers being protected by law from discrimination, harassment and bullying, too many still experienced the workplace as a negative or even harmful. The report shows that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are still very real in the workplace.
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I had an amazing time at the TUC LGBT+ Conference. It was so inspiring to hear from different speakers and activists who shared their stories and perspectives on various issues affecting the queer community. I learned a lot about the history, challenges and achievements of the LGBTQIA+ movement, as well as the current struggles and opportunities for change. I also met some wonderful people who made me feel welcome and supported.Jack Brasser
It was great to be back at the TUC for the Black workers' conference, after what seems like an eternity due to the pandemic. There were some brilliant motions being debated and some memorable speakers, including Labour MP Clive Lewis and the founders of Amazon’s very first labour union in the US! There is much to do in enhancing the working and lived experiences of minority workers both in the workplace, and in wider society. I’m looking forward to building some of this into our own Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda with Chris Rimell. Keep your eyes peeled!Sheeba Hamid
I found the conference inspiring and left feeling charged to help us tackle the many challenges that were highlighted throughout conference. It was great to see so many people coming together from different backgrounds to say that we won't put up with the unequal impact of things like Covid-19 or the cost-of-living crisis. And we're all focused on tackling racism both inside the union movement as well as externally. There's definitely strength in numbers. We can tackle anything when we work together.Lydia Mulligan