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Category: National Committee

Proud Members Survey on GRA Reform

Earlier this month, as part of our considerations for Proud’s recommendations on the Government Gender Recognition Act consultation, our National Committee, in collaboration with PCS Equality Department, undertook a survey of Proud members to understand their views.

A copy of our findings and recommendations are now available below.

Proud – GRA Report

Our recommendations will now be submitted to the next meeting of PCS’ National Executive Committee in September, where our union’s consultation response will be discussed and agreed by the NEC.

Proud would like to record our thanks to all those members who were able to take part in our survey, and for giving us their open and honest feedback regarding the GRA and on trans equality within PCS generally.

Members comments on trans equality in PCS will be considered as part of our ongoing Proud Survey, which is open to all PCS members and will remain open until noon on Friday 14th September 2018.

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to make sure you have your say on how we take forward wider LGBT+ equality issues within PCS by completing the survey using the link above.

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Open Letter to PCS General Secretary, Mark Serwotka

Proud have today written to our Union’s General Secretary, Mark Serwotka, following the publication of an open letter in the Morning Star on Wednesday 4th July regarding reformation of the Gender Recognition Act.

A copy of our letter can be viewed below.

Open Letter from PCS Proud to Mark Serwotka

UPDATE – Following our letter, Mark responded to us on Thursday 12th July. A copy of Mark’s response can be viewed below.

Richard Jones and Saorsa Tweedale.12july

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National LGBT Survey

Proud’s National Committee welcomes the launch of the Government Equalities Office National LGBT survey.

We recognise and celebrate the many legal advances that have been achieved over the past 50 years following the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. However we are also acutely aware, from feedback from members and many of the stories reported in the press, that many instances of LGBT based hate and discrimination continue to exist today.

Proud believes that the Government’s National LGBT survey offers an excellent opportunity to help shape the future of the LGBT rights movement and encourages all Proud members to consider taking part and making their voices heard through the survey.

Proud Chair, Richard Jones, commented “It is vitally important that we ensure that we are represented and our voice is recorded. Within days of the survey opening, there have already been moves within far right organisations to attack and undermine our legitimate and proper representation in the UK. July 2017 saw fifty years of the first steps towards equality with the partial decriminalisation of love between two men. We still have so far to go before we have full equality and the responses you can make in this survey will show how we can move closer to equality as citizens.

The survey, which should take no more than ten minutes to complete, can be accessed by clicking here.

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Political Concern – CARE

Political concerns

The media has recently reported/exposed the links between Stephen Crabb MP, the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and CARE, a Christian group that has actively campaigned against same sex marriage and has campaigned for the definition of marriage to between a man and a woman.

Whilst PCS Proud has contacted Mr Crabb to confirm whether or not the alleged links to ‘gay cure’ groups will impact our members, we are yet to receive a response. However, the purpose of this briefing is to set out our position quite clearly.

Marriage equality?

PCS Proud do not believe that equal marriage has been achieved. People of the same sex are not allowed to marry in the Church of England or Church in Wales. In Northern Ireland same sex couples are not allowed to marry at all. In addition to this, there are still massive pension inequalities for surviving partners/spouses. There have also been implications for trans members and gender recognition that have seen people forced conform to a convoluted system that does not cater for people who should have their true gender legally recognised.

Definition of marriage:

Whilst CARE believe that the definition of marriage should specify one man and one woman, we believe it is grossly unfair. Why is it unfair? Gender is not binary. People do not necessarily identify as male or female. We believe that marriage should be between two people that are prepared to formalise their relationship. Love does not have a gender, love does not have a religion or belief, a race or any other protected characteristic.

The way forward:

Regardless of the way that our new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions thinks about marriage, sexual orientation or gender identity, equality legislation is in place to protect people with certain characteristics. It is of incredible importance that any instruction, concern or issue that contradicts this equality legislation is raised with PCS immediately.

PCS Proud continues to campaign with members and community groups around the UK to raise awareness of LGBT issues. For more information about Proud, contact Proud@pcs.org.uk or follow @PCS_Proud on twitter.

 

Dorion Griffiths          Eddy Nixon

Proud Chair                Proud Secretary

Download a copy of this briefing in a word document here: CARE briefing

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AGM Expenses

Dear Proud members that attended the PCS Proud AGM

Following receipt of expenses claims our Treasurer, Dean Fisher, has processed your expenses claims and they have been authorised for payment. These should clear in your bank account within the next three working days.

If you have any queries, please contact me on Proud@pcs.org.uk.

Best wishes

Dorion Griffiths

Chair – PCS Proud.

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