Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT)

UNISON members who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organise locally, regionally and nationally to support each other, to identify discrimination, to increase awareness of LGBT rights and to campaign for change.


SEPA UNISON’s LGBT Self Organised Group (SOG) has been running since May 2016. It is an award-winning group, after receiving UNISON's Branch LGBT Recruitment & Organising Award at the National LGBT Conference in November 2016.

If you are a member who self- identifies as L, G, B or T and you wish to join this group, please see SEPA UNISON’s LGBT Officer Fiona Gentle for more details. Confidentiality is top priority so being out in the workplace is not an issue!

We also have a general enquiries mailbox [email protected]. This can be used for members who have any general enquiries relating to LGBT issues and SEPA UNISON involvement. This should not be used for any confidential issues, if you have such an issue please speak to Fiona Gentle directly.

Campaigning for change

SEPA UNISON SOG has pledged its support for a National UNISON LGBT campaign at Conference in November 2016. This was for Time for Inclusive Education (TIE).

TIE is committed to improving access to LGBT inclusive education in all Scottish schools. Inclusive education can help tackle homo/bi/transphobia, create a safer learning environment for all pupils (regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity), and can also help eliminate the fact that 25% of LGBT school students attempt suicide at least once.

The SEPA UNISON Branch Committee has given support to this campaign and gifted a charitable donation, enough to train 3 teachers in inclusive education. SEPA staff have also been asked to #signthepledge in support of inclusive education. More details of the campaign can be found on TIE's website.

Increase awareness of LGBT rights

SEPA UNISON SOG are currently working with SEPA in terms of inclusive language in current procedures and policies and developing new procedures and policies in support of LGBT members where we have identified gaps.

Identifying discrimination

SEPA UNISON SOG have engaged SEPA for a joint staff survey specifically around LGBT issues.

UNISON Scotland events 2017

The first UNISON Scotland LGBT newsletter was released in April 2017. This can be found on UNISON Scotland’s Facebook page or ask LGBT officer for a hardcopy.

Social Event - All LGBT self-identifying members are invited to join the LGBT Scotland Committee SOG for an afternoon of discussion and fun. The event will take place on Saturday 15th July 2017 at 1:30pm at UNISON Shared Branch Office, Empire House, Floor 4, 131 West Nile St, Glasgow.

There will be a movie and discussion on the themes involved and how this impacts on LGBT people across Scotland. Food and drink will be provided and the plan is to continue out later onto the scene for a few drinks for those who wish to join us.

Pride - This year the regional committee will have stalls at both Glasgow and Edinburgh Pride.

Edinburgh Pride will be on Saturday the 17th of June. UNISON will be based at Teviot House from 11am till 16:30pm. Parade meeting point will be outside the Scottish Parliament Building at 12pm, just look for the rainbow UNISON Scotland banner!

Glasgow Pride will be August 19th and 20th at Glasgow Green. UNISON will be there on both days. Parade meeting point is at Charlotte St entrance to the green at 11.45am, again look for the banner.

UNISON Scotland LGBT AGM 2017 - Saturday 7th October 11am – 2pm at UNISON Shared Branch Office, Empire House, Floor 4, 131 West Nile Street, Glasgow, G1 2RX. Come along and have your say! See LGBT officer for more details.

UNISON National LGBT Conference 2017 - 17 to 19th November at Brighton Conference Centre, come along and be a branch delegate or visitor! See LGBT officer for more details.

UNISON 2017 LGBT calendar released

UNISON retired members conference - Southport - 4/5 October

Hate crime awareness week - 10-17 October.

UNISON national disabled members conference - Brighton - 29-31 October

UNISON national LGBT committee meeting - Llandudno -1 7 November

UNISON LGBT conference-Llandudno - 18-20 November

Transgender Day of Remembrance - 20 November

ILGA world conference-Bangkok - 28 Nov to 2 Dec

(More events can be found on the LGBT calendar: UNISON | LGBT)

Further UNISON information resources, which you can get involved in without being out in work, are:

- UNISON | LGBT (or alternatively, you can ring UNISONdirect- 0800 0 857 857 (voice) or 0800 096 7968 (minicom) or write to Carola Towle, National officer-LGBT Equality, UNISON centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY)- Including signing up to the confidential National LGBT mailing list & the monthly National LGBT e-bulletin.

- UNISON Scotland Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Self Organised Group- Including details of Scotland’s regional LGBT group