UNISON fights discrimination and prejudice in the workplace on behalf of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) members.

We do this by building local and national groups of LGBT+ members, negotiating with employers and offering individual support to anyone experiencing discrimination. We also provide access to practical advice and legal information.

LGBT+ group priorities

UNISON’s LGBT+ group takes UNISON’s priorities into the LGBT+ community.

They are to:

  • recruit LGBT+ workers into the union;
  • encourage LGBT+ members to get involved;
  • build our network of LGBT+ groups;
  • support individual members;
  • identify and challenge discrimination, informing the union’s negotiations with employers;
  • defend and promote LGBT+ public services;
  • campaign for equality.

Find out more about how UNISON supports its LGBT+ members on our bullying and discrimination pages.

If you’d like to get involved in fighting for LGBT+ workers’ rights, but you’re not yet a UNISON member, find out more about the benefits of joining.

Speak to your representative if you would like to find out more about getting involved.

Your Rep

Hi! My name is Dan and I am the LGBT+ members representative for Goldsmiths UNISON branch. I primarily identify as Queer and I use male pronouns. If you’d like to discuss any LGBT+ issues that are affecting you or if you would like to get more involved please feel free to drop me an email


Your Staff Network at Goldsmiths

Goldsmiths UNISON fully supports the staff networks at Goldsmiths and works in partnership to embed Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) across Goldsmiths.  You can find out more about the EDI Hub at https://goldmine.gold.ac.uk/Working/Pages/Equality-and-Diversity.aspx and if you want to join the LGBTQ Staff network please contact Anna Carlile at: a.carlile@gold@ac.uk 

The network is open to any staff member who self-defines as being part of the LGBTQ community and welcomes new members to come along.


National Delegate Conference (NDC) 2019

This year we sent 3 of our reps - Sarah (Membership Officer and SR Steward), Jacqueline (Branch Treasurer, Black Members Rep and TAP Steward), plus Dan (Communications Officer and LGBT+ Rep) to NDC. This is a brief snapshot of the conference from Dan. Dan's conference...

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LGBTQ Staff Network – Meeting 14 Feb

Please come to our LGBTQ Staff Network meeting on 14 February 2019 at 1pm. AGENDA Minutes from previous meetingCo-Chair of LGBTQ Staff Network – Expressions of interestPronoun Inclusion in the Classroom – Taylor McGraa, Education Officer at Goldsmiths’...

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today, we memorialise and remember those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives. This trend...

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London LGBT Pride – Statement of solidarity

Last weekend, our LGBT UNISON members proudly marched through London showing our pride in UNISON and pride in being a part of the LGBT Community. Unfortunately, a small group of anti-trans protesters managed to also march in the parade and displayed hateful banners...

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https://unisongoldsmiths.org.uk/ Hi all, Today marks IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia) and the UN has released a heart warming video encompassing this year’s theme of “Alliances for Solidarity” recognising that we are stronger...

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Defining Queer

A post brought to you by your Goldsmiths UNISON LGBT members rep, Dan   I identify as Queer and when I get asked why or what Queer means to me I often refer back to a news article I found a few years ago...

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The TUC wants to hear from you

Are you LGBT+? Are you currently working or have worked in the last 5 years? The TUC would like to hear from you.   TUC are launching a UK wide survey for all LGBT+ workers, whether you are in a trade union or not. They want to understand your experiences of work...

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LGBT members conference 2015

As a LGBTQ rights activist I always look forward to attending UNISON’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members) national conference.  Conference is essentially an event to allow this self-organised group to discuss issues and set policy affecting members...

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