Stand up to the EDL

Today scores of EDL thugs will take to the streets, attempting to make political gains off the back of somebody else’s tragedy. Whilst they spread their hatred of more than just Islam (they’re LGBT phobic too), we need to spread a message of hope, of peace, of tolerance and of unity. We are the many and they are the few. Please share this picture and join anti fascist demonstrations everywhere. PCS is a member and supporter of unite against fascism. We do not recognise the far right groups as legitimate political parties and they never will be! Stand tall and stand Proud, fascism is not welcome on our streets and the EDL and other organisations do not and will never speak in our name.

Proud To… Demand marriage equality!

PCS Annual Delegate Conference voted on motions calling for support of equal marriage yesterday.

It is a big step forward for LGBT members everywhere. Conference is the principle decision making body of the union, where motions submitted by members all over are debated and shape PCS policy.

It is now PCS policy that we support equal marriage campaigns, just a day after the equal marriage bill was debated and passed its third reading in parliament.

“It is a very exciting time for LGBT people everywhere as we are getting closer and closer to marriage equality. It is brilliant and I am sure that Proud members will join me in thanking Proud reps, members and All who moved, spoke on and supported equal marriage motions.” Says Steve Heyward, Proud secretary. “Proud reps and members have worked hard to ensure there were more than just two LGBT motions to conference this year and we are excited to now have policy such as this.”

Those proud reps who spoke at conference have been asked to provide reports for the website and magazine so keep your eyes peeled!

To find out more about conference check out the PCS website!

  • Northern Ireland Bulletin

    Northern Ireland Regional Bulletin May / June 2013

    Northern Ireland Anti-Homophobia Week (NIAHW) 13th to 19th May /
    International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) 17th May
    Did you know that in Northern Ireland 2 in 5 lesbian, gay and bisexual people have been the victim of one or more homophobic incidents within the last three years ranging from verbal attacks, intimidation in their homes and serious physical assaults.
    The date May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. In almost 80 countries around the world, loving someone of the same sex is still considered illegal, at times involving lifetime imprisonment and, in 9 countries, it is even punishable by death! And in many more countries still, citizens are denied their right to live according to their preferred gender identity. As well as legal discriminations, social homophobia and transphobia serve to daily deny millions of people across the world their basic human dignity. International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to this issue.
    NIAHW and IDAHO are an opportunity for everyone to get involved and stand together against intolerance and prejudice. Get involved by wearing purple to symbolise spirit in the rainbow - remembering those that have lost their lives due to homophobia and transphobia.

    The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland launches a new LGB site that your PROUD Reps helped design. It includes our details on their Sources of Help and Hub pages. You have the right to be treated fairly at work, when using services and while in education. It is discrimination to treat someone badly because they are gay, lesbian or bisexual, and there are laws in Northern Ireland that protect you against such treatment. The Equality Commission is the body responsible for enforcing anti-discrimination law in Northern Ireland. It is our job to make sure that you know your rights when it comes to equality, and to help you resolve any problems you encounter. Please visit for more information.

    Belfast Pride Festival - Friday 28th June to Sunday 7th July
    The festival runs over the above dates with the Parade and Party Day on Saturday 6th July. All members are invited to join us on the Parade under the PROUD banner followed by a social. Please visit Belfast Pride for further details.

    NI PROUD Regional Reps: David Halliday (02890808107) & Gareth Lee (02890565004)

    Please visit PCS PROUD for further information and updates.
    PROUD is the self-organised group within PCS for LGBT people. Full membership is open to any member of PCS who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered. Associate membership is open to any PCS member who supports the purpose and objectives of PROUD.