PCS’ LGBT+ members seminar will be returning on 26 and 27 October 2019. The LGBT+ members seminar is one of five equality seminars organised by PCS’ equality department, alongside seminars for our women members (22/23 Jun), young members (21/22 Sep), black members (5/6 Oct) and disabled members (16/17 Nov). (These are all proposed dates for 2019).
Seminars are open to members within each of our union’s equality structures, make sure you keep up to date on all of the information you need, including how to apply, by updating your contact information with PCS.
Milton Keynes was the venue for our 2018 LGBT+ members seminar with our theme of ‘Reflecting on our past, organising for our future’ in honour of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a key moment for LGBT+ rights, in 2019.
Delegates took part in a number of workshops aimed at building the knowledge and skills to help improve how our union organises for LGBT+ equality in the workplace.
Seminar weekend was chaired by incoming Proud chair, Kris Hendry, with PCS vice president, and Proud’s NEC liaison, Jackie Green, providing support alongside PCS’ Equality Department.
PCS National President, Janice Godrich, addressed delegates to offer an update on our union’s pay campaign as well as reflecting on the work of the NEC for LGBT+ equality. Representatives from each of the other equality forums also took part in a Question Time-style session on intersectionality.
Saturday evening also saw the return of our seminar LGBT+ quiz with many delegates taking the opportunity to relax and mix together away from the serious business of seminar weekend.
Kris, speaking after the seminar, said, “Chairing this year’s event was certainly an interesting change of pace after last year. Thankfully a lot of the feedback so far has been incredibly positive with a lot of new faces showing real interest in getting involved after this weekend.
“I hope next year we’ll be able to welcome even more new faces, as well as, hopefully, some familiar ones, and would encourage everyone to consider applying for seminar 2019.”