28 May 2007


The Labour Campaign for Lesbian and Gay Rights (LCLGR) held it's AGM on Saturday 26th May 2007 at UNISON, Mabledon Place, London.

The meeting was groundbreaking as the campaign decided to change its name to LGBT.Labour. It will retain a longer name for formality and clarification - The Labour Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights.

Members also agreed to submit a rule change to Labour Party Conference 2008 to include gender identity in the anti-discrimination rules. Members voted on policy on transgender equality rights in the area of goods, facilities and services and decided that this was a priority campaign.

Elections took place and I was elected as Women's officer and craig was re-elected as TU Officer.

It was well attended with FCO Minister, the Right Honourable Ian McCartney as the guest speaker. He spoke passionately about the work of the Government at home and abroad on LGBT rights and challenging abuses of LGBT human rights abuses. He said that Government lawyers are currently looking at the Yogyakarta principles and hope to produce a position paper in the near future. He was asked about the Discrimination
(Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958
(No. 111)
as the european regional ILO is due to meet in Geneva on June 12th 2007. Ian said this would come within the work of DWP but he would contact them to discuss this. He had not seen anything published in respect of goods, facilities and services protection on the grounds of gender identity and also promised to look into this. Ian has always been a friend to the lgbt lobby and we look forward to working with him further.

it was an excellent meeting and showed that LGBT.Labour is moving on up.

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