UNISON’s Year of the LGBT+ Worker


This year is very special, because if you haven’t heard, UNISON is…

Celebrating 2024 – the Year of LGBT+ worker!

UNISON fights discrimination and prejudice in the workplace on behalf of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender plus (LGBT+) members.  Equality for LGBT+ Members is part and parcel of building a fairer society.

It is unlawful to treat a person unfavourably at work because of sexual orientation. Sexual orientation is attraction to people of the same sex (lesbian or gay), the opposite sex (heterosexual or straight) or people of either sex (bisexual).

People are protected against harassment or discrimination in the workplace because of their gender reassignment under the Equality Act 2010.

Employers must offer the same opportunities to every employee and treat everyone in the workplace fairly.  Eliminating discrimination at work helps to make sure everyone has equal opportunities and is treated with dignity and respect.

There are lots of resources for LGBT+ Members on our website LGBT+ members equality | Fighting for fairness and equality | UNISON National

Find UNISON@s Factsheets on LGBT+ Workers Rights below

LGB Worker Rights

Trans Worker Rights


At the 2022 Local Government and National Delegate Conferences, UNISON unanimously passed motions on trans equality, recognising the importance of the union being loud and visible in support of its trans members.

UNISON has since launched its trans equality campaign, which features updated guidance on trans workers rights and how to be a good trans ally.

The campaign has four objectives:

• to roll out trans ally training across all UNISON regions;
• to build trans and non-binary member activism to organise and campaign on workplace issues;
• to ensure workplaces are safe by adopting UNISON’s model trans policy; and
• to fight to make sure UNISON’s activism is heard by politicians.

To access UNISON’s Guide on How to be a Trans Ally, please click on the link below

For more information on UNISON’s Trans Equality Campaign, please click on the link below

Catch us in Carlisle’s City Centre, 11am – 4pm, as we celebrate Pride month with our LGBT+ information day. This is a stall based only event, bringing information about LGBT+ safe spaces and services within Cumbria. You’ll also be able to find out more about our main Pride event this year which will take place on 21 September in Caldew Riverside Car Park.

We are looking for volunteers to join us from 10.30am handing out leaflets and promotional items.  When people approach UNISON at similar events, we often hear things like:-

I’m not political – I don’t need a Trade Union
What is a Trade Union and what can it do for me?

UNISON is the UK’s largest Trade Union with over 1.4 million members and fights to protect our Members from discrimination and supports them when they need it.

For more information, and to get involved, please email Judy Furmston, Branch LGBT+ Officer at enquiries@unisoncumbria.co.uk or call the Branch Office on 01228 583530.

Proud and Diverse Cumbria is a new volunteer led CIC* with a focus on being a strong, PROUD, supportive voice for Cumbria’s DIVERSE communities. Although initially this came from an LGBTQ+ standpoint we are keen to widen this to be diverse, inclusive and show equity for all.

WHITEHAVEN Harbour will host Pride by the Harbourside for the second time, after an incredibly successful inaugural year.

Last years’ event featured parade, stalls, entertainment, food vendors and fairground rides, all whilst signifying diversity and inclusivity and 2024 promises to be even bigger.

For more information, and to get involved, please visit Proud and Diverse Cumbria | Whitehaven | Facebook on Facebook or the website www.ProudAndDiverseCumbria.org.uk