Friday, December 12, 2008

Recovering from the UNISON LGBT Conference

Complete exhaustion after UNISON's annual LGBT Conference is my excuse as to an absence of blogging.

The database of Conference decisions can be found here (at the time of checking it lacked composites and motions carried for National Delegate Conference).

Most people there thought it was a really great Conference and although I was really tired at the end one of the most enjoyable ones I have attended.

Started with a fantastic civic reception with various civic speakers, notably including Dawn Primarolo who gave a great barnstorming political speech.

Ceri Goddard of the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) gave a powerful address on the importance of human rights in every day life and making them a reality without going to Court (especially in public services).

There was just the right balance of controversial debates (boring if evrything goes through 'on the nod') with passionate debates on a wide range of issues such as male rape, the availability of Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) and a wide variety of motions from Homophobria in sport, marriage equality to Pride is a protest and motions calling for International Solidarity and work within the Commonwealth.

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