Blog: Stonewall 50 years on – Guest post by Craig and Sophie

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. A milestone in LGBT+ history when people began the fight back against societal and legislative oppression and bigotry. A lot has happened in the 50 years that have passed.  Homosexuality has been decriminalised in many countries around the world, 139 countries/states since 1969 alone. Protection from […]

A statement from Regional LGBT Co-Chair and trans ally on Transgender Day of Remembrance

As a gay man who identifies as cisgender I remember growing up and going through school being bullied due to my perceived sexuality. I struggled, I dreaded getting on the bus knowing the endless taunts and abuse would start as soon as I arrived at the bus stop, even outside of school. It never ended […]

An LGBT rainbow will shine on Penshaw Monument this week

This Wednesday evening (17 May) the Penshaw Monument in Sunderland is to be lit up in rainbow colours by UNISON Northern region’s LGBT group and Sunderland City Council to mark international day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia (IDAHOBIT). The day is celebrated every year to remind people of the huge number of hate crimes and […]

Chechnya: LGBT rights are human rights – Protest

All welcome let’s make this a colourful, peaceful protest and show that love and community spirit is the way to defeat hate. When: Wednesday 19th of April at 6pm Where: Times Square, next to the Centre for Life – Newcastle Please join UNISON Newcastle Hospital Branch and UNISON Northern as we protest the current persecution […]