GMB LGBT+ History month events 2021

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Celebrate LGBT+ History Month with GMB

GMB campaigns and fights for better rights, pay and conditions for all LGBT+ workers.

We strive for equality to be the forefront of everything we do. Making work and society a better, safer place for everyone is part of our core values.

For LGBT+ History Month 2021 we’re putting on four online events for our LGBT+ members, friends and allies to celebrate our history: who we are, what we need in the world of work and where we want to be in the future.

The events aim to celebrate and recognise the diversity of LGBT+ people and life. We hope you’ll register below and join us.

We’ll add more detail including our speakers soon.

To find out more about the GMB’s equality and inclusion work and to get involved head to the GMB Equalities page.

10 February | 6:30pm

LGBT+ at Work: Through the Decades

This event will be rescheduled to Pride Month, June 2021. Keep an eye on this page and GMB Equality on social media for the new date.


26 February | 6:30pm

Celebrating the Past, Championing the Future

GMB Birmingham and West Midlands region is inviting members from across the UK to join their regional LGBT+ History Month event.

Join the region on Facebook for an evening of discussion on the strides we’ve made and the challenges we still face in the LGBT+ community.  

Speakers include Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners member, campaigner and activist Mike Jackson and founder of Unmuted Birmingham, artist, activist, and producer Suriya Aisha.  

Like the region's Facebook page to receive a notification when the event goes live. 

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Past events


24 February | 6:30pm

LGBT+ Mental Health and Covid-19

Our final event of LGBT+ History Month was a fringe for the TUC LGBT+ Conference.We considered the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBT+ Mental Health. LGBT+ people experience poor mental health at higher rates then straight, cisgender people. We spokeabout how the pandemic has affected this. 

We also looked at the results of the recent GMB Covid-19 Mental Health member survey.

Chaired by Brian Shaw, Co-Chair of the GMB National Equality Forum and Chair of GMB London Shout. Speakers included the LGBT Foundation on their Hidden Figures: The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on LGBT Communities research.

22 February | 6:00pm

Trans and Non-binary Inclusion: the Workplace and Beyond

Trans and non-binary workers can face discrimination, harassment and bullying at work.

We heard from trans and non-binary GMB members and activists about what’s helped them within and outside the workplace, what more they need, and how we can all better support trans and non-binary people.

The event was be chaired by GMB Birmingham and West Midlands Region LGBT+ activist Christina Dearlove. Speakers were queer Muslim feminist activist Maryam Din and Alex Woolhouse, Pro Bono and Legal Strategy Co-ordinator at Mermaids.


19 February | 6:00pm

LGBT+ Black lives matter

GMB LGBT+ members are diverse and include people of all backgrounds, nationalities, and ethnicities. LGBT+ Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people can face a double whammy of homophobia and transphobia and racism in the workplace and in society.

At this event we heard from GMB members and LGBT+ activists about discrimination at work and in LGBT spaces. The chair was GMB Race Strand Lead Taranjit Chana. Speakers were academic and Newham borough Councillor Dr Rohit K Dasgupta, artist Michael Barnes-Wynter and GMB activist Dawn Lovatt.


Inclusivity and respect statement

Our LGBT+ history month events are organised by LGBT+ GMB activists and the main audience is LGBT+ GMB members.

We also welcome friends and allies, remembering that LGBT+ voices will be prioritised. GMB is committed to organising activities at which everyone can participate in an inclusive, respectful, and safe environment.

We have zero tolerance for any type of harassment, including sexual harassment and transphobia. Aggressive, offensive, intimidating, disrespectful or unacceptable behaviour or comments will not be tolerated.

This supports the commitment set out in our rulebook to promote equality for all and to eliminate all forms of harassment.   

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