UNISON Northern Ireland

LGBT Group

UNISON fights discrimination and prejudice in the workplace on behalf of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members.  A key priority is to promote LGBT visibility in workplaces by supporting people to be out in work.   As part of that UNISON takes part in Belfast, Newry & Foyle Pride every year as well as running a number of LGBT themed events.   We are an active member of the Health & Social Care LGBT Staff Forum.   We are committed to the introduction of marriage equality to Northern Ireland. 

We produce a regular ebulletin for LGBT members which includes information on social events, news items, research, conferences and training opportunities.   To sign up to our confidential email list, please send your details to lgbtni@unison.co.uk  or you can contact Fidelma Carolan directly 028 90270190 f.carolan@unison.co.uk 

 

 

ART COMPETITION & EXHIBIT

Prize Fund :  Winner  £1000     Runner Up  £400

UNISON is the UK’s largest public service trade union with 1.3 million members, over 40,000 of whom work in the public and private healthcare, education and the community/voluntary sector in Northern Ireland.  Promoting the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people in workplaces and in society more generally is an important area of our work. 

We would like to invite submissions from artists on the theme of ‘Pride & Visibility’.  A selection of pieces will form an exhibit during Belfast, Newry and Foyle Pride Festivals as well as forming a travelling exhibition in public sector workplaces in Northern Ireland from September to December 2017.

Submission Guidelines :

No larger than L 100cm x W 100cm x D 30cm (40’ x 40’ x 12’ approx)

Any media (but must be suitable for a travelling exhibit)

Please submit your proposal as a single PDF document to lgbtni@unison.co.uk .  Those shortlisted will be required to submit their artwork for final selection and prize award.

Judging Panel :

Patricia McKeown, UNISON Regional Secretary

Martin McConnellogue, Chair UNISON NI LGBT Committee

Bronagh Lawson, Creative Change NI

Ben Crothers, Curator / Collections Manager, The Naughton Gallery at Queen’s

Ruth McCarthy, Artistic Director Outburst Queer Arts Festival

Deadline for Submissions is 5pm Thursday 6th July

 

 

 

 

LGBT Awareness Week  Belfast & Derry 14th – 21st May

This year's theme is 'Stand By Us' 

A request for straight allies to stand by LGBT people in their homes, their workplaces and their communities

 

 

SUNDAY 14TH MAY

Mourne Walk with Out & About Hikers

You are invited to join this monthly excursion to the Mournes.  Wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks.  Meet 10.15am at Dunbar Link Car Park Belfast.    Contact Michael at outandabouthikers@gmail.com

Film: Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? at 3.10pm in QFT organised by CaraFriend

https://queensfilmtheatre.com/Whats-On/WHOS-GONNA-LOVE-ME-NOW

Eighteen years previously, Saar moved to London after being Kicked out of his religious Kibbutz for being gay.   Saar could now live the life he wanted. He formed a new family with the London Gay Men’s Chorus, whilst maintaining bonds with his family and to fight for acceptance of a different kind.

Belfast annual IDAHOT service at 5pm in St George’s Church High St Belfast

https://www.facebook.com/events/813646998810873/

This event is organised by Changing Attitude and will be evensong and the music will be by the St Georges Choral training Choir. The Preacher will be Rev. Nigel Kirkpatrick, Rector of St Dorotheas Gilnahirk. All very welcome.

 

MONDAY 15th MAY

LGBT Awareness Week Launch in Belfast Harbour Commission Office at 6pm

The official launch for the week of events will feature input from Deputy Lord Mayor Mary Ellen Campbell and Irish News journalist Alison Morris followed by a discussion on the theme ‘Stand By Us’   If anyone would like to attend to represent UNISON, please let me know.  f.carolan@unison.co.uk

 

TUESDAY 16TH MAY

Love Equality needs YOU! to help us take #LoveOnTheStreet in Belfast  11am – 5pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/1361888903885498/

As part of LGBT Awareness Week 2017 we are taking teams to East, West, North and South Belfast – (Kennedy Centre, Connswater, Cornmarket, QUB, Waterworks Park) to speak to people about the campaign for marriage equality! We need as many volunteers as possible - if you want to get in on the action send us a message via facebook or get in touch directly.

Wellbeing Day 11am – 2pm Tuesday 16th May in UNISON Derry

UNISON Community Branch and The Rainbow Project are proudly hosting a wellbeing day for everyone in the community to celebrate LGBT Awareness week. There will be stalls from many local organisations and services including general health, smoking cessation, cancer screening.  Drop by to learn about what’s available

Belfast Trans Resource Centre Open Day 11am – 5pm – 98 University St Belfast https://belfasttrans.org.uk/calendar/

A chance to check the great new space for trans+ in Belfast.  Drop by, have a chat or get your questions answered. Open to everyone.

Medical School Trans Healthcare Event 6.30 – 8.30pm at Belfast Trans Centre, 98 University St. Belfast

https://www.facebook.com/events/100319707213259/

This event is hosted by Genderjam and is aimed at professionals interested in trans healthcare.  It will offer an introduction to healthcare for trans people, including the services that exist, the healthcare needs of the trans community, trends in service delivery, and current barriers to service access.  Aimed at health & social care professionals but open to anyone with an interest.  Contact Ellen@ellenmurray.co.uk

Spectrum LGBT+ Chrisian Fellowship at 7.30pm in Agape Centre, Lisburn Rd Belfast

https://www.facebook.com/events/290985914677628/

This meeting is a special event to mark LGBT Awareness Week. In keeping with the week's theme, "Stand by Us", a special welcome is extended to allies and friends/families of LGBT+ people.   The speaker will be Dr Michael Wardlow, Chief Commissioner at the Equality Commission NI in addition to a personal story about an experience of faith and sexuality.


WEDNESDAY 17TH MAY

On Street Collection for the Rainbow Project in Belfast 11am – 5pm

This is the first time the Rainbow Project is doing an on street collection and they are looking for volunteers.  If you are available even for an hour, contact Jayne jayne@rainbow-project.org

Living Will / Advance Care Planning with Marie Curie for LGBT People & Partners 6 – 8pm in UNISON Belfast

Advance care planning is about thinking ahead and talking to the people involved in your care, such as your partner, family, medical staff.  It’s a process that allows you to express your preferences about the care you’d like to receive, including: what you want to happen; what you don’t want to happen; who’ll speak on your behalf.  There is often confusion about rights when someone loses the capacity to make their own decisions.   This often happens at an already distressful time.  For LGBT people this can be more challenging as family relationships may have broken down or they have concerns about the reaction of health professionals.  This evening will be delivered by Marie Curie and will give participants information about how to develop an advance care plan, what it covers and what it doesn’t.  This is an open event being run in partnership with the UNISON LGBT Committee as part of Northern Ireland LGBT Awareness Week.   For catering purposes please let us know you are coming along by emailing Fidelma at EducationNI@unison.co.uk

Educating the Educator 5pm-8pm Belfast LGBT Centre http://www.cara-friend.org.uk/resources/educating-the-educators

This  is a training session delivered by Cara-Friend to all professionals and volunteers working with young people in Northern Ireland. It is designed to make the participants’ practice more inclusive of, and responsive to, the needs of LGBT young people.  The training will consist of an informative session on sexual orientation and gender identity, and will cover the issues faced by LGBT people, as well as the different definitions and terms we hear associated with this community. It will also involve a series of practical workshops designed to improve all participants’ practice in their workings with LGBT young people. It is designed to be interactive so that the participants can get the most out of the session – so specific scenarios can be brought in which relate to a participant’s own work.   To book a place go to the website.

Marriage Equality Workshop 5.30 – 7pm in LGBT Centre, Derry

This session invites you to come along and have a discussion about what marriage equality might mean for you and your family, your friends, your community, your Church.  It is also aimed at people who have reservations about marriage equality to hear a variety of opinions.     It will be facilitated by Marie Quiery who is carrying out a number of discussion groups to allow a wide range of opinions on marriage equality.  Contact mardi@rainbow-project.org

Dungeons and Dragons 6.30 – 9pm in Belfast Trans Resource Centre https://belfasttrans.org.uk/calendar/

Whether you’re a new player or experienced master, join GenderJam for an evening of D&D games. Open to trans, non-binary & questioning people aged 16+

Film: Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? at 6.20pm in QFT organised by CaraFriend

https://queensfilmtheatre.com/Whats-On/WHOS-GONNA-LOVE-ME-NOW

Eighteen years previously, Saar moved to London after being Kicked out of his religious Kibbutz for being gay.  Saar could now live the life he wanted. He formed a new family with the London Gay Men’s Chorus, whilst maintaining bonds with his family and to fight for acceptance of a different kind.

 

THURSDAY 18TH MAY

Supporting Transgender Young People in School & Youth Settings 9.30am – 1pm in UNISON Belfast

This half day workshop is being run in partnership with UNISON LGBT to celebrate LGBT Awareness Week.  Families with trans children can find many barriers to education.  Anxiety and trepidation can affect the young person, the family and also the teaching and support staff tasked with supporting the individual.  New guidance developed by SAIL, Genderjam and Youthnet promote good practice in smoothing the transition of young people attending schools or youth organisations.   This workshop will give an overview of trans, duty of care obligations and discuss how environments can be more trans inclusive.  It will be delivered by SAIL / Genderjam.

CaraFriend Youth Fundraising LGBT Straight Allies Table Quiz at 7.30pm for 8pm start in The Shoe Factory

https://www.facebook.com/events/404519669926752/

The theme of this year's LGBT Awarness Week is 'Stand By Us', focusing on allies - new and old. We would love for you to join us in celebrating LGBT Awareness Week by coming along to our fun-filled table quiz with Gemma Hutton as our guest compere!   Whether you're LGBTQ+ or a much-needed friend of the community this is the table quiz for you! There will be some great prizes up for grabs and, of course, the glory of table quiz victory at stake! Come along for some craic, a few laughs and great music!   All funds raised go towards the crucial work Cara-Friend carries out everyday across Northern Ireland, supporting LGBTQ+ young people through youth groups and one-to-one support, as well as our LGBTQ+ Inclusive Schools Programme.   Tickets may be purchased via Eventbrite at bit.ly/AlliesTableQuiz or via the Cara-Friend office: adam@cara-friend.org.uk or 02890890202. 

Uniform in Transition organised by PSNI LGBT Staff Network at 6.30 – 9pm in Unite Building

Bee Bailey of the Gloucestishire Constabulary tells her story of being in the police service whilst in transition.  Refreshments provided.  Please book for catering purposes by emailing Harriett@rainbow-project.org   The Mark Ashton Bursary will also be launched at this event

Film – Credence at 5.30pm in New Foyle Theatre, Strand Rd., Derry

This screening is organised by NWRC LGBT Society and the Rainbow Project and is a rare opportunity to watch this crowdfunded film on a big screen.   The half-hour tale follows husbands John (Anthony Topham) and Scott (Alex Hammond) as they try to ensure safe passage for their daughter Ellie (Tia Kenny) away from a doomed Earth. Although it's a rare portrayal of gay parents in cinema, it also stands -- in this writer's opinion -- as an example of raw humanity and the extents people can go to for love.

 

FRIDAY 19TH MAY

Workplace Allies – Breakfast Session for Professionals at 8am in The Mac, Belfast

This is a Diversity Champions event to explore the contribution straight allies can make in creating inclusive workplaces.  The speaker is Mike McKerr, Ernest Young.  Please book for catering purposes by emailing  Harriet@rainbow-project.org

LGBT Youth Social Evening at 6pm in LGBT Centre, Belfast

This event is organised by CaraFriend and is open to any LGBT+ people 16 – 25years of age.   Contact Declan.meehan@cara-friend.org.uk

Medical School Trans Healthcare Event 6.30 – 8.30pm at Belfast Trans Centre, 98 University St. Belfast

https://www.facebook.com/events/100319707213259/

This is a repeat of the workshop earlier in the week aimed at professionals interested in trans healthcare. It will offer an introduction to healthcare for trans people, including the services that exist, the healthcare needs of the trans community, trends in service delivery, and current barriers to service access.  Aimed at health & social care professionals but open to anyone with an interest.  Contact  Ellen@ellenmurray.co.uk  GenderJam

 

SATURDAY 20th MAY

Family Fun Day 12 – 5pm in St Columbs Park Derry   https://www.facebook.com/events/1896495010565565/

This event is organised by Foyle Pride.  Come along and enjoy the fun with a creative range of activities including a bouncy castle, craft stalls and more! And don't forget to enter your pooch in the dog show on the day!

I Am What I Am Disco 10apm – 1am in Culturlann, Great James St. Derry https://www.facebook.com/events/737836743044440/

This is organised by the UNISON Community Branch and is a fundraiser for Foyle Pride so please give it your support.  It is a night to celebrate disco and drag and will be hosted by King Del Angelo.  Adm £5

Speed-Dating with the Press 2.30 – 6pm in Belfast LGBT Centre  https://www.facebook.com/qsbelfast/

This event is being run by QueerSpace.   It is an opportunity to engage with journalists one on one about issues which are important to our community.  Expect to be quizzed and challenged.

 

SUNDAY 21st MAY

Family Day with HEREe NI & Rainbow Family Support   2 – 5pm in the Bean Bag Cinema, Donegall St. Belfast

Fun and games and a film.   Please book your place by emailing Grainne.Gibson@hereni.org  or Michael at familysupport@rainbow-project.org

 

 

Date for Your Diary

An Evening With Quire 8pm on Saturday 24th June in All Souls Church Hall Belfast   https://www.facebook.com/events/1294417987278969/

Join Quire for an evening of pop and rock favourites, compered by Fidelma Carolan, it promises to be a relaxed and informal evening of music and humour. There will also be a Disco afterwards for anyone who fancies a bit of a boogie.  Admission is £10. 8 pm start.. This is a fundraising event for Quire and we will also be holding a fabulous raffle straight after the show. Everyone welcome. If you would like tickets please email info@quire.org.uk