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The PCS Proud AGM
The PCS Proud AGM is going to be on the 8th of March in Birmingham’s PCS Office.
For all information, including nomination, motion, expenses and advance forms – CLICK HERE
End oppression of LGBT people in Uganda!
As colleagues are aware, the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni passed legislation that imposes tough penalties for homosexual acts.
The Washington Post explains it rather well:
“The law also makes it a crime to fail to report anyone who breaks the law, essentially ensuring that gays will need to live secret lives. The law even makes illegal the “promotion” and “recognition” of homosexual relations, including by any government entity or nongovernmental organization inside or outside Uganda. And for the first time, the law targets lesbians.”
Fancy not being able to be open and proud of who you are, for no other reason than the fact that you and anyone who doesn’t report you could be imprisoned. PCS Proud utterly condemns the Ugandan President for this move to cause nothing but heartache, oppression and state sponsored torture of LGBT people.
Proud secretary, Ste Heyward says “It is a tragic day for the LGBT Community at large when a government takes a step against equality. We will continue to fight for justice for all those who live in countries where they are made criminals just because of the sexuality or gender identity. Whilst it is a tragic day for the LGBT community, it is a devastating day for the LGBT people living in places like Uganda. I call upon all politicians in the UK to stand tall for equality and condemn these actions”.
PCS Proud has a long and proud history of standing up against all forms of inequality whether it is related to the sexuality or gender identity of people or not. From the gender pay gap in the UK to standing against state sponsored homophobia in Uganda, we must stand tall and fight for the rights of LGBT people everywhere.
PCS Proud calls upon members and non members alike to write to their political representatives and demand action, demand justice for the LGBT Community, demand equality for all.
PCS Proud Condemns Russian President’s move to continue to destroy LGBT rights.
Quite recently, Vladimir Putin, President of Russia says that “homosexuals are welcome” when speaking about #Sochi2014. However, “Homosexual and paedophile propaganda is not welcome”.
There are two issues here that need to be addressed. Homosexuals or those who identify as LGBT may not be safe if they say “I am gay” (see the #IAmGay campaign on www.pcsproud.org.uk for more info)
Secondly, being someone who identifies as LGBT does not make you a paedophile and it is quite right to take offence to a statement that casually links the two.
PCS Proud Secretary, Steve Heyward, says “We must stand and condemn this move by the President of Russia. We have members who may be travelling to #Sochi2014 to enjoy the Winter Olympics but cannot be who they are because of the outright homophobia displayed by the President.
Whilst we do not call for a boycott, we call upon governments to not send delegations to the country to support Putin and his anti-LGBT agenda.
We also call upon the government of the UK to ensure that our members who work in different countries are safe.
Finally, I personally call upon David Cameron to ensure that full support is given to anyone who is arrested because they talk about being and LGBT person. I expect Cameron to demand that Putin reverses these laws and also demand that athletes competing in the games wear rainbow colours to make a stand.”
Speaking with members of Proud, it is clear that we have support across the UK not just because of the LGBT aspect of our campaign but the fact that the LGBT community, internationally, is under attack and human rights are being destroyed left, right and centre.
We send our solidarity to LGBT organisations in Russia and hope that the games are successful. We want to send a clear message to the Russian Government that their anti-LGBT laws are not acceptable and demand that they are reversed!
For more information on Proud’s international work please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Model Branch Motion to move at Branch AGMs
This branch applauds the work that Proud has done to defend the attacks on the LGBT community.
One example of this work is not just representing people in the workplace when there are LGBT Specific issues but also when governments around the world have attacked the LGBT community at large. PCS Proud launched a campaign in response to the Russian president Vladimir Putin making the promotion of “homosexual propaganda” illegal. The effects of this campaign were displayed on over 6 million twitter profiles and was highly regarded by the Trade Union Movement in the UK.
This AGM agrees to support PCS Proud in their endeavours, this branch will join Proud at a cost of £20 per year.
TUC LGBT Conference 2014
PCS Proud has an opportunity to submit a motion to the wider union to put forward to the TUC LGBT Conference this year. What do you think the motion should be about? Could it be Public Services, Organising, Attacks on the LGBT community worldwide?
If you have an idea for a motion then please email it to email@example.com
#ProudTo… Defend Public Services
PCS Proud members up and down the country have recently been involved in periods of action against the employer due to cuts, privatisation, attacks on jobs, pay, terms and conditions and pensions.
PCS Proud would just like to send a message of Solidarity to all those who have taken action and we are #ProudTo… stand and fight with you.
Season’s Greetings from PCS Proud
The PCS Proud National Committee wish to send their seasons greetings to all our members, associate members and allies.
This year has been particularly tough for a lot of the LGBT community. What with the events in Russia, India, Australia, Uganda and other countries, we can only hope that our campaigning work will stop our government from taking away our hard fought rights and that other governments in the world will listen to our voice and change the way they are acting, stopping the destruction of LGBT rights.
We have a lot of work to do, not just in terms of LGBT campaigning but also with the campaign for an economic alternative, a campaign for jobs, pay, pensions, terms and conditions. Unless we stand together this government will take away what trade unions have fought for years for.
Take a couple of days off and recharge your batteries! We have a lot to do and we will continue to fight these attacks.
If we don’t stand together then I can guarantee that we will lose. If we stand together we have a good chance of winning.
We want to thank you for the work that you as a union member have put in to Proud’s campaigns. Without each other we wouldn’t have the strength that we currently have.
We have won some concessions by standing together. One department had the word ‘homo’ banned. This meant that if I were to type ‘homosexual’ it wouldn’t get through the filter… this has now been changed. We also have won some learning opportunities for LGBT staff, ensuring that equality is in the forefront of training. These are just a couple of examples of the outstanding work that you have done.
PCS Proud reps have also represented and given advice to other reps on LGBT issues, an important part of Proud’s work to ensure that LGBT colleagues do not suffer outrageous policies in the workplace.
So thank you, for all that you do and for being you. Without you we wouldn’t have Proud… Let’s be #ProudTo… fight for LGBT equality for all.
Have a great festive season and we look forward to seeing you at the AGM in March!
PCS LGBT Seminar – Day 1
The PCS LGBT Seminar started today (Saturday 2nd November). The seminar’s aim is to encourage people to get involved with trade union activity and LGBT campaigning. Over the course of the event, delegates shall talk about setting up campaigns and looking at the key aspects of running a successful campaign such as the #IAMGAY campaign.
As well as workshops and other activities, delegates heard from Sue Bond – PCS National Vice President and Jackie Green – PCS NEC member and Proud National Executive Committee Liaison Officer (Click their names to find out more about them). As well as talking about the PCS National Campaign in general terms, each speaker also made reference to how the attacks we face have an effect on the LGBT members within the union as well as those in our communities. Dee Leary – Proud Publicity Officer and Dorion Griffiths – Proud Disability Rep also spoke about intersectional and international issues and how they affect us, delegates heard about the success of the #IamGay campaign and more.
The last speaker for the day was Rose Simkins from Stop Hate UK who told us about reporting hate crime and why people might not report it, what a hate crime is and what her organisation does.
Feedback from delegates has so far been positive – ideas for campaigns are forming amongst groups and we are ProudTo… stand up for LGBT people worldwide! We are looking forward to day two so check back here soon to see what happens.
The second #IAmGay video
I’m Not Lovin’ It
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The #IamGay campaign
The I AM GAY campaign started at the beginning of August 2013. We have, so far, reached millions of people around the world thanks to the support we have had from the likes of Stephen Fry and LGBT Organisations/Community Campaigning groups.
Take a look at what the campaign is all about by clicking here
Also you can see regular updates from the campaign by clicking here
Don’t be afraid to stand up and be counted. Send in your picture to Russia@pcsproud.org.uk or tweet it but remember to include @PCS_Proud, @KremlinRussia_E and the #IAmGay hashtag.
Many thanks to our Northern Ireland Reps for sending this in to the website – it is a great video.