Bi News Roundup

BCN 86 cover

This originally appeared in BCN issue 86, Summer 2007

NYC’s first out bi

In June, “An aide to William Thompson became the first openly bisexual member of the  state Legislature last night after defeating his Republican  opponent in a special election” reported the New York Times

Micah Kellner held the seat for the Democrats, with 64 percent of the vote to Republican Gregory Camp’s 36%.  It wasn’t the pink vote that won it though.  “We campaigned on the issues and I really think that’s what voters responded to,” Kellner said.

There are already four openly gay members serving in the Legislature.

UNISON National LGBT Conference
Glasgow – 16-18 November 2007

The deadline for registering to be a delegate at this year’s UNISON LGBT conference is 21 September. While this is not the first LGBT conference, inclusion of bi and trans people in the group’s remit is still quite new.  Details of how to apply to attend conference www.unison.org.uk/out/conference.asp

BCN would welcome reports from any readers who may attend.

Government publishes green paper on single equality bill

The verdict on the government’s proposals for a single equality bill is that it is a missed opportunity. UNISON, the TUC and groups throughout the broad equality community are currently drafting their responses to the consultation, calling for a much stronger and more coherent bill. Headlines of UNISON’s response and a link to the consultation are at:
http://www.unison.org.uk/equality/pages_view.asp?did=5476.[2]

The UNISON response will be calling for wider protection on grounds of gender identity than that proposed by the government. The green paper proposes that only people who are intending to undergo, undergoing or who have undergone gender reassignment will be protected. It also proposes to exclude young trans people in schools from the legislation. Trans groups are seeking concrete examples of people who have experienced discrimination at school or because of variance from gender stereotypes which would not be covered by this narrow definition. If you have a story to tell (it can be made completely anonymous) please e-mail James at the Equality Network:  [email protected][3] (James is a UNISON activist and member of the National LGBT Committee).

Firebi Sam?

The first ever conference on LGBT Equality in the Fire Service will be held in Bristol on 9-10 October.

Through influential keynote speakers, open forums and workshops, delegates will able to share good practice in both employment and service delivery.

All LGBT people working in the Fire Service in any region of the UK are invited to attend. More information from:
www.avonfire.gov.uk/Avon/Equalities/LGBT+conference.htm