Wales & South West SHOUT! Update

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04 Jul 2019
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Shout! What’s all this about?

In January 2019, GMB Shout! Wales and South West Region held its first meeting at Garley House, Cardiff with many active members attending to look at what the GMB should be campaigning on in relation to LGBT+ GMB members.

In February 2019, at the second meeting of Shout! we decided our campaigns going forward:

  • Human Rights for LGBT+ people in the face of Brexit (Priority campaign).
  • LGBT+ Blood donation deferral periods and the differentiation between health boards in Wales and England affecting GMB members.

LGBT History Month 2019

GMB Shout! Wales and South West has been working with Local Authorities in Wales and South West throughout LGBT History Month this February to ask that rainbow flags are flown above civic buildings showing solidarity with LGBT+ staff employed within the Councils and with the Council’s customers/community members in their areas.

  • More than 20 Local Authorities confirmed to us that they were flying the LGBT flag for LGBT History Month 2019.
  • Loughor Town Council in Swansea confirmed to Shout! that they would be purchasing a flag in time to fly it from their building for LGBT History Month 2019
  • We gained over 100 followed on Twitter during LGBT History Month which has built our campaign.

What's coming up?

TUC LGBT Conference (London) 3-5 July 2019
Bristol Pride 13 July 2019
WSM Pride 27-28 July 2019
Llanelli Pride 3 August 2019
Gloucestershire Pride 14 September 2019

GMB Wales and SW Equalities Conference 28 September

Swansea Pride

Swansea Pride on Wind ST

Swansea Pride was the first in our region and what a Pride it was! GMB members paraded proudly through the streets of Swansea and Ruth Brady, our Regional Equality Officer, flew the GMB flag from the top of an open top bus for all to see with Carolyn Harris lending a hand.

The great people of Swansea listened to wonderful acts, speakers and political activists, including Sian James, former MP for Swansea East (whose character was included in the Pride film) with original members of the LGSM movement. GMB Shout! Proudly engaged with lots of people across the day.


Message from the National Equality Forum Member – Mark Bowler

“I attended my first meeting since being elected as our regional rep on this committee. I was one of five newbies making up a committee of fourteen representatives whose primary purpose is to promote and share best practice of GMB equality campaigns throughout the regions as well as advice or make recommendations for CEC to consider.

The NEF gave praise to Wales & South West for the successful establishment of our Shout! group and a particular expression of gratitude to Arron and the committee of Swansea Pride for what they believed to be a very successful event which they followed keenly via social media. Indeed you have somewhat raised the bar for coming events in others individual regional areas.

Well done to all our Shout! activists. We have made ourselves heard by many in various communities with our successful campaign to fly the rainbow flag for LGBT History Month and ourselves seen by GMB nationally as a group out to promote equality and inclusion for all.”

Date of next meeting:

17:30, 23 August 2019 at Garley Hosue, 17 Newport Rd, Cardiff CF24 0TB Please email ruth.brady@gmb.org.uk for further info.


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