Branch LGBT Members Group
National LGBT+ Members Seminar
27th-28th October, Milton Keynes
The 2018 PCS National LGBT+ Members Seminar will be taking place on the 27th and 28th October in the Hilton Hotel, Milton Keynes.
PCS Seminars seek to encourage greater participation from members in under represented groups, integrating PCS campaigning and organising priorities to invole members in the work of our Union.
The theme of this year's Seminar will be "Reflecting on our Past, Organising for our Future"
Costs for travel, accommodation as well as evening meal and breakfast will be met centrally by PCS Equality Department with limited childcare facilities available.
All LGBT+ members interested are encouraged to apply using PCS' new online registration. In the event the event is oversubscribed then a sift will be held to select successful delegates.
The closing deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 3rd October 2018.
PCS Scotland LGBT Network Meeting
Thursday 6th September, Glasgow
PCS Scotland's LGBT+ Network invites all LGBT+ members to join them for their next Network which will be held on Thursday 6th September.
The meeting will be held in PCS Scotland's office, John Smith House, 145 West Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 2SG, beginning at 5:30pm and finishing for no later than 7:30pm.
This meeting will be an open forum for members to raise and discuss any issues surrounding LGBT+ equality within PCS in Scotland. Attendees will also be able to hear about the work undertaken on their behalf and ask questions of Kris Hendry, Network rep and PCS' representative on the STUC LGBT+ Workers' Committee.
If anyone has any additional support requirements in order to attend then contact Ruby, Organising Officer for the Network, at firstname.lastname@example.org. All contact will be treated in confidence.
Light refreshments will be provided and attendees are also welcome to come together following the meeting to network with fellow attendees in a relaxed atmosphere.
Pride Glasgow 2018
Love Equality, Love Pride Glasgow
Members are invited to join Proud and PCS Scotland for this year's Pride Glasgow celebrations in support of LGBT+ colleagues and the wider LGBT+ community.
Love Equality Quiz Night
This year's Pride Glasgow celebrations will begin with a special Love Equality Quiz Night, taking place on Thursday 12th July in Blackfriars, Glasgow, G1 1LG.
Entry to the quiz is free (donations welcome) with additional prizes up for grabs in the Quiz raffle. All funds raised on the night will be donated to support Love Equality NI, a grassroots campaign which is fighting for equal marriage rights in Northern Ireland.
Doors open from 7:15pm with the quiz beginning at 8:00pm.
Pride Glasgow March
Members are then welcome to come along and take part in this year's Pride Glasgow March on Saturday 14th July.
PCS will be represented by Proud, PCS' LGBT members' group, along with colleagues from across the Scottish Trade Union movement and led by the STUC LGBT+ Workers' Committee.
Assembly for the March will be at Clyde Place, G5 8AQ for 11:30am with the march setting off from 12:00pm.
All members, family and friends are welcome to attend each event, whether you identify as LGBT+ or as an ally, to help send a strong message that our Union is committed to equality for all.
LGBT History Month Film Night
STUC LGBT+ Workers' Committee event
As part of this year's LGBT History Month the STUC LGBT+ Workers' Committee, on which PCS is currently represented, will be hosting an evening of short LGBT films. These will then be followed with a panel discussion and Q&A session involving some of those involved in the films and other speakers (TBC).
The event is free with everyone welcome, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity and includes family and friends as well as PCS members. Light refreshments will also be provided at the event.
The evening will take place on Thursday 22nd February at the STUC buildings, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6NG with the event commencing from 6pm and expected to end for no later than 9pm.
LGBT History Month Quiz Night
All members invited to celebrate LGBT History Month
Following on from last year's successful LGBT History Month, Proud's Scotland Network will be returning with two quiz nights during February as part of the wider programme of events taking place across Scotland.
Entry to each event is free although donations are welcome with all proceeds raised being donated to support the ongoing efforts of the Time for Inclusive Education. In addition to the quiz there will also be a range of prizes on offer in the quiz raffle.
All members, family and friends are invited to attend, whether you identify as LGBT or an ally. Each quiz will begin around 8pm with doors open from 6:30pm. The events will be held on
- Thursday 8th February - Foxy Fiddler, 192 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EB
- Thursday 15th February - Blackfriars, 36 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1LG
If anyone has any questions regarding either event then you can contact Proud Scotland rep, and Branch LGBT Members' Officer, Kris Hendry. All contact will be treated in the strictest confidence.
LGBT History Month 2018
Organising for International LGBT Equality
Held every February, LGBT History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and contributions of the world's LGBT community to our society. It also offers a chance to remember and pay respect to those who have gone before in leading the fight for LGBT equality to today.
In 2018 the UK is considered one of the leading countries in Europe for legal LGBT equality, only Malta and Norway are ranked higher. However for all the legal advances achieved over the past 30 years since the last piece of anti LGBT legislation, Section 28, was introduced there remains much still to do.
Everyday LGBT members continue to face discrimination in our workplaces and in local communities. Our Union continues to fight for true equality for all LGBT members and the wider community. Our NEC works with Proud, PCS' LGBT members group, on taking forward the concerns of LGBT members in PCS' campaigning and barganing work.
We encourage all members to take part in this year's LGBT History Month. PCS have produced a range of photo opp cards (below) for members to help show their solidarity with Proud and our LGBT members.
There are also a wide range of events taking place across Scotland throughout February. Visit the LGBT History Month website to find out more details.
PCS National LGBT Members Seminar
Saturday 28th/Sunday 29th October, Leeds
The 2017 PCS National LGBT Members' Seminar will be taking place during the weekend of the 28th and 29th October, hosted in the Novotel Hotel in Leeds.
This year's Seminar theme will be 'Past, Present and Future - Campaigning for LGBT Rights' in recognition of this year being the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales and will look at how PCS continues to fight for LGBT equality moving forward.
The weekend wil involve a variety of speakers, workshops and discussions aimed at educating and empowering LGBT members, integrating PCS' campaigning and organising priorities with a focus on those challenges faced by PCS LGBT members.
Hotel accomodation and meals will be arranged by PCS with the costs of travel also met centrally and any reasonable access requirements will be met as far as possible.
Any LGBT members interested in attending should complete the appropriate application forms, provided below, and submit these for no later than 12pm on Thursday 5th October. Successful applicants will then be notified by Wednesday 11th October.
Applications are particularly encouraged from PCS members who also identify within PCS' other equality groups, traditionally under represented within Proud/PCS structures.
Any members who would like further details or are interested in Proud more widely then you can email Proud@pcs.org.uk, all contact will be treated in strictest confidence.
Pride in Glasgow
Saturday 19th August, Glasgow
PCS Scotland and Proud, the LGBT members group in PCS, invite all PCS members to join them for this year’s Pride in Glasgow which is taking place on Saturday 19th August.
All members, friends and family, whether you identify as LGBT or not, are welcome to come along and march with Proud in solidarity with PCS LGBT members and the wider LGBT community.
The march will assemble on Greendyke Street, Glasgow Green with all groups required to be in position by 11:30am for a 12pm start. The march will then make its way through Glasgow City Centre, returning to Glasgow Green for approximately 2pm.
Recent months have highlighted the continued discrimination and oppression still faced by the LGBT community, whether here in the UK with the reported rise in LGBT related hate crime over the past year or around the world with examples like the treatment of the LGBT community in Chechnya.
This year Proud will be offering free face painting ahead of the march, any donations are welcome and will go to supporting the PCS Fighting Fund. Proud will be available from 10:30am at the Turnbull Street entrance to Glasgow Green for those wishing to take part or who wish to join them for the march.
In addition, all members are also invited to a post march social which will be held in 13th Note, 50-60 King Street, Glasgow, G1 5QT. This will offer an opportunity to relax and network with fellow PCS members in a relaxed atmosphere following the march.
Both the march and social will be child and pet friendly so members are more than welcome to bring their family along for the day.
Saturday 17th June, Edinburgh
PCS Scotland and Proud, the LGBT members group for PCS members, invite all members to join them for this year’s Edinburgh Pride which will be taking place on Saturday 17th June.
This year marks a significant milestone for LGBT equality as we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales which eventually led to the same decision being made here in Scotland.
However for all the advances in LGBT equality there continues to be many issues faced by the community today. Pride offers an opportunity for LGBT members and allies to come together, celebrate LGBT equality and stand against those who continue to seek to discriminate based on sexuality or gender identity around the world.
All members, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, are invited to attend this year’s Edinburgh Pride March which will assemble outside the Scottish Parliament on Parliament Green from 11am, heading off for 12pm.
Anyone interested in attending from Glasgow is welcome to meet outside Glasgow Queen Street Station for 9:30am to travel through to Edinburgh as a group.
PCS will be marching under the PCS Proud banner alongside colleagues from the Civil Service Rainbow Alliance and the wider Scottish Trade Union movement so please share this with colleagues, friends and family and encourage them to come along as well.
If anyone has any questions or would like more information about Pride Edinburgh, or the LGBT Network, then you can contact Network Rep, Kris Hendry, at email@example.com. All contact is treated in the strictest confidence.
PCS Scotland LGBT Network Meeting
Thursday 1st June, Glasgow
PCS Scotland's LGBT Network will be holding their next regional meeting on Thursday 1st June. The meeting will take place in the PCS Scotland office in Glasgow (John Smith House, 145 West Regent Steet, G2 2SG), commencing from 6pm.
The meeting will follow on from this year's International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia as well the STUC LGBT+ Workers' Conference and PCS' Annual Delegate Conference and will provide an opportuinty to discuss priorities for LGBT equality in the year ahead.
Refreshments will be provided and there will also be an opportunity to network following the meeting, intended to be around 8pm.
All PCS members who identify as LGBT are invited to attend. Anyone who requires any additional support to attend can contact the Network Rep, and our Branch LGBT Officer, Kris Hendry at firstname.lastname@example.org. All contact will be treated in confidence.
LGBT History Month Quiz Night
Thursday 2nd February, Blackfriars, Glasgow - Doors open 7pm
As part of this year's LGBT History Month, the PCS Scotland LGBT Network is hosting a quiz night and all members are invited to attend.
The event will be free entry although any donation is encouraged with all funds raised being donated to the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) Campaign, a local grassroots campaign calling for the introduction of LGBT inclusive education. If anyone has any questions then you can contact the Network Rep, Kris Hendry, at email@example.com.
As a Branch we will also be looking at holding some activities during February to mark this years LGBT History Month, keep an eye out for more details soon.
PCS Scotland LGBT Network Meeting
Wednesday 16th November
PCS Scotland's LGBT Network will be holding their next regional meeting on Wednesday 16th November. The meeting will take place in the PCS Scotland office in Glasgow (John Smith House, 145 West Regent Steet, G2 2SG), commencing from 6pm.
The meeting will provide an opportuinty to reflect on the work of the Network in 2016 and to begin planning for the next steps in 2017. It will also coincide with the Trans Day of Rememberance which takes place on the following Sunday.
Refreshments will be provided and there will be an opportunity to network following the meeting, intended to be around 8pm.
All members identifying as LGBT are invited to attend. If anyone requires any additional support to attend then you can contact the Network Rep, and our Branch LGBT Officer, Kris Hendry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PCS LGBT Members' Seminar
Saturday 26th/Sunday 27th November
The PCS LGBT Members Seminar will be held on the above dates in the Novotel Hotel in Birmingham. Registration will open from 12pm on the Saturday with Seminar commencing from 1pm and finishing no later than 1pm on the Sunday.
Seminar will consist of a variety of workshops and guest speakers that will seek to encourage and empower members to become more active in PCS' campaigning activities for LGBT members. It is particularly beneficial for those who are new to PCS and are keen to become more active within PCS, whether it be locally or at a national level.
All costs are met centrally by PCS and anyone with particular access requirements should notify PCS for support to attend and participate in the Seminar. Please email email@example.com.
Branch LGBT Members' Officer Kris Hendry says, "I would strongly encourage all LGBT members to attend Seminar. I first attended in Glasgow several years ago and since then I have become more active in Proud, our LGBT members group, and now sit on the Proud National Committee as the Learning and Regional Network Organiser as well as the PCS Scotland LGBT Network Rep.
I have been able to meet some excellent people through my involvement with Proud and PCS, not just within our own Union but from elsewhere as well who have become close friends. I have also gotten the opportunity to take part in numerous other events that have allowed me to develop not just as a rep but also as a person andbuild skills that also benefit in other aspects of my life."
Anyone interested in attending should complete and submit the forms below. Please note the deadline for submissions is 12pm on Friday 28th October.
If anyone has any questions regarding Seminar, or the work PCS does on LGBT equality then please speak to any local rep or contact Kris directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. All contact will be treated in confidence.
Saturday 20th August, Glasgow
PCS Scotland will be attending this year’s Pride Glasgow March on Saturday 20th August in support of our LGBT members and the wider LGBT community and to stand against LGBT phobia and hate.
Pride Glasgow is Scotland’s largest LGBT based event with the march observed by thousands as it makes its way through Glasgow City Centre and we invite all members, family and friends to join us. All are welcome, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity
PCS will be marching under the banner of Proud, our LGBT members group, alongside colleagues from the CSRA.
We will join with those from across the Scottish Trade Union community as part of the STUC LGBT Workers’ block, also being joined by the STUC Black Workers and STUC Young Workers’ Committee who will be marching in solidarity.
The March will assemble at Glasgow Green for 11:45am, setting off at 12pm to make its way through the City Centre before returning to Glasgow Green. Members wishing to participate are welcome to join us from 11:30am.
If anyone has any questions or issues, particularly if you have never attended a Pride event before, then please feel free to contact Kris Hendry at email@example.com. All contact will be treated in confidence.
Saturday 2nd July, Edinburgh
Following on from the recent LGBT Network event, below, that was held to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia the PCS Scotland LGBT Network and Proud, PCS' LGBT members group, are inviting all members to join them for Edinburgh Pride.
Held every year, PCS march under the banner of PCS Proud to support our LGBT members as well as to show solidarity with the LGBT community in Scotland, the UK and across the world. This year's Pride events will hold particular significance given the shocking events in Orlando.
We encourage all members to consider attending, all are welcome regardless of orientation or gender identity. The march will take place on Saturday 2nd July, leaving the City Chambers around 1pm before making its way through the city.
The Network are also planning a social following the march to allow members to meet and network with colleagues from across our Union.
If anyone has any questions regarding this event, or PCS' LGBT equality in general, then you can speak to any local rep, in confidence, who can put you in contact with the appropriate officers
PCS Scotland LGBT Network Meeting
Tuesday 17th May, Glasgow
PCS Scotland and Proud, PCS' LGBT members group, will be celebrating this year's International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia by holding the first meeting of the new Regional Network. The meeting will take place in the PCS Glasgow office on Tuesday 16th May from 6pm.
Originally created in 2004, IDAHOBiT was set up to commemorate the date in 1990 that homosexuality was declassifed as a mental disorder by the World Health Organisation. Despite many legal advances in that time, discrimination and isolation remain a daily occurrence for many LGBT members, at work or out in the community.
IDAHOBiT is an important date for everyone to stand in solidarity and join calls for an end to global LGBT discrimination and we hope you will be able to support this event.
If anyone has any questions regarding this event, or PCS' LGBT equality work in general, then speak to any of our local reps or email the Branch mailbox.
LGBT History Month 2016
Throughout February the UK observes LGBT History month. First held in 2005 following the repeal of Section 28, the Tory introduced legislation which banned discussion on LGBT issues in schools, each year LGBT History month serves as an opportunity to celebrate LGBT lives and culture and to recognise the contributions LGBT people have made to our country and across the world.
This year the STUC LGBT Workers' Committee will be hosting a showing of Before Stonewall to mark LGBT History Month. This film documentary looks at the LGBT community in America before the 1969 Stonewall riots, considered the birthplace of the modern day LGBT rights movement.The film will be followed by a panel debate. Tickets for the event cost £4 and can be purchased here
Across Scotland there are many other events taking place with something for everyone. Full details can be found at the LGBT History Month website.
As a Branch we are proud to support our LGBT members and would encourage everyone to join PCS Proud, PCS' LGBT members network. Details of Proud, including how to join, are available on the Proud website. Membership is open to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity