LGBT Workers

PSI is committed to equality for all irrespective of sex, marital status, ethnic origin, national identity, disability, sexual orientation, age or religion, at the workplace, in trade unions and in the broader political, social, economic and cultural context. LGBT workers’ rights are trade union rights, and trade union rights are human rights. Trade unions are committed to fight against discrimination and for an inclusive non-violent society.

PSI Americas 2nd Regional LGBT Committee

27 October 2014
PSI LGBT logo

PSI Americas will hold its second Regional LGBT Committee in Mexico City, in parallel with the 27th ILGA World Conference.

PSAC activists to attend WorldPride Human Rights Conference

19 June 2014

From June 25-29, Toronto will be hosting the WorldPride Human Rights Conference and PSI affiliate the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) will be there. The conference will bring together GLBT activists from around the world, including many from countries where homosexuality is punishable by life in prison.

As a demonstration of the union’s commitment to queer and trans rights, PSAC will be sending a delegation of union members to participate. This will give the union’s GLBT activists the chance to share stories, gain inspiration, and participate in the global fight for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans human rights.

Racism? Not for us!

22 March 2014

Speak out and take a stand against racism and xenophobia! On the eve of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March 2014, Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary of the global union federation Public Services International affirms that “our commitment to fight racism and all forms of discrimination is guided by respect for human rights and basic union principles: social justice, equality, collective action and collective responsibility”.

European Parliament calls for EU roadmap to protect fundamental rights of LGBT people

05 February 2014
Rainbow flag

PSI applauds the news that the EU Parliament is calling for an EU roadmap to protect fundamental rights of LGBT people. The EU should draw up a roadmap to protect the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, says a resolution adopted by Parliament on Tuesday. In the 2013 EU LGBT survey, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency found that 47% of LGBT people felt discriminated against or harassed and 26% were physically attacked or threatened with violence in the previous five years.

Human rights are not negotiable: support LGBT workers' rights!

05 February 2014
Russian LGBT logo for Olympic Games -  VIXIONS

Educational International (EI) and Public Services International (PSI) join LGBT groups and other human rights defenders in condemning increasing intolerance and attacks on the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people. Governments the world over appear to be abdicating their duty to protect and advance the human rights of all their citizens, including LGBT people.

Johannesburg People’s Pride March for Freedom and Justice

08 October 2013
PSI South African representative giving speech

The first People’s Pride Movement March was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday 5 October. PSI, represented by its South African sub-regional office, took an active part in the March.

PSI and EI hold joint LGBT meeting

31 July 2013
participants at the meeting

Public Services International and Education International renewed joint LGBT activities by organizing a trade union planning and coordination meeting on 30 July in Brussels at the International Trade Union House.

Racism? Not for us!

22 March 2014

Speak out and take a stand against racism and xenophobia! On the eve of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March 2014, Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary of the global union federation Public Services International affirms that “our commitment to fight racism and all forms of discrimination is guided by respect for human rights and basic union principles: social justice, equality, collective action and collective responsibility”.

Human rights are not negotiable: support LGBT workers' rights!

05 February 2014
Russian LGBT logo for Olympic Games -  VIXIONS

Educational International (EI) and Public Services International (PSI) join LGBT groups and other human rights defenders in condemning increasing intolerance and attacks on the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people. Governments the world over appear to be abdicating their duty to protect and advance the human rights of all their citizens, including LGBT people.

Gender identity: An introductory guide for trade union reps supporting trans members

25 July 2013
Gender identity

This guide is for UNISON workplace reps supporting trans UNISON members at work. It gives a background to what it means to be trans followed by practical advice on common workplace issues.

Out in: UNISON newsletter on LGBT issues

25 July 2013
Out in: UNISON newsletter on LGBT issues

Out in is the newsletter on LGBT equality in UNISON. This is issue 50 published in summer 2013. Out in UNISON is published three times a year, but you can get monthly updates direct to your inbox by signing up for our LGBT e-bulletin at unison.org.uk/out

Factsheet: Transgender workers' rights

25 July 2013
UNISON logo

This factsheet gives information about the rights of transgender people at work and good practice for employers and UNISON branches.

Factsheet: Lesbian, gay & bisexual workers' rights

23 July 2013
UNISON logo

This factsheet contains information about the rights of lesbian, gay and bisexual workers and sets out a bargaining agenda for branches.

PCS LGBT History Month - Gay History Chart (to 2007)

22 July 2013
Gay history

Lesbian & gay people have for centuries struggled to be accepted as equal and treated humanely, fairly and with dignity. They have been oppressed, persecuted and killed due to prejudice, intolerance and indifference.

Impact of the Spending Cuts on Public and Local Services, Charities and Organisations for LGBT People

22 July 2013
PCS logo

This research briefing beings to bring together various reports, research and case studies that are beginning to appear, on the severity of central and local governments‟ spending cuts on organisations and support services which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people use or may use.

Making love a crime: Criminalization of same-sex conduct in Sub-Saharan Africa

09 July 2013
Making love a crime

Thirty-eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa have laws criminalizing consensual same-sex sexual conduct. Underpinning these laws are deeply entrenched discriminatory social attitudes. This report examines the effects of the criminalization laws on, and discriminatory social attitudes towards, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

Homophobia, transphobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity

09 July 2013
Homophobia, transphobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity


This report updates the FRA comparative legal analysis of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity first published in June 2008. It presents the situation as it stood at the end of 2009, though information gathered in 2010 has been incorporated to the greatest possible extent.

Nowhere to turn: Blackmail and Extortion of LGBT People in Sub-Saharan Africa

09 July 2013
Publication Nowhere to turn

“Nowhere to Turn investigates the problem of blackmail and extortion of LGBT people in Africa, a challenge that has remained unaddressed for far too long. Human rights defenders, non-governmental organizations, and governments have a responsibility to address these crimes, which are a constant reminder of LGBT people’s legal and social vulnerability. Too many lives hang in the balance.”
–Cary Alan Johnson, Executive DirectorInternational Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

The Cape Town recommendations

08 July 2013

The delegates of the Third EI- PSI Sexual Diversity Forum in Cape Town reaffirm the Porto Alegre Declaration and the recommendations of the Second International LGBT Forum in Vienna, recognize the progress made thus far in the implementation of these, and recommend that the Executive Boards of EI and PSI continue to pursue recommendations from both forums.

EI-PSI Sexual Diversity Forum

08 July 2013

It was on Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday that 150 delegates from 45 countries around the world gathered in Cape Town, South Africa for a two-day forum on sexual diversity, organised jointly by two global union federations: Education International (EI) and Public Services International (PSI). This was the third joint LGBT forum for EI and PSI, and was billed as the largest LGBT event on the African continent.

The PSI Brazil Public Sector Campaign to End Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation: Proposals

04 July 2013
The PSI Brazil Public Sector Campaign to End Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation: Proposals

This document offers proposals that could be implemented in municipalities, either by the executive or legislative branches of government.

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Working for the alternative: Implementing PSI's mandate in 2013 and beyond

19 March 2013

The 2012 PSI World Congress provided a framework for Public Services International's discussions and decisions. However, it is necessary to focus priorities. This document presents a detailed implementation plan for PSI's mandate in 2013 and beyond.

PSI Congress Resolutions

12 March 2013

Resolutions adopted at the 29th World Congress of Public Services International, held in Durban, South Africa, 27-30 November 2012.
The Resolutions have been published in three volumes: Volume 1 - Resolution No. 1 (Programme of Action); Volume 2 - Resolution No. 2 (Constitution), and Volume 3 - Resolutions No. 3 to 49.

PSI Americas 2nd Regional LGBT Committee

27 October 2014
PSI LGBT logo

PSI Americas will hold its second Regional LGBT Committee in Mexico City, in parallel with the 27th ILGA World Conference.

PSI Interamericas LGBT Regional Committee Meeting

08 July 2013
LGBT meeting Brazil

This is the first meeting of the LGBT Committee of ISP-Americas held for the creation of a Committee as specified in “The Promotion of Equal opportunities for LGBT Workers in the Public Sector in Brazil and the Inter-Americas”. The meeting took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 27-28 June 2013.

LGBT trade union planning and coordination meeting

08 July 2013
Logo PSI LGBT worldoutgames

This summer, PSI-EI will re-launch joint LGBT activities by organizing a trade union planning and coordination meeting at the International Trade Union House on 30 July in Brussels (5, Boulevard Albert II, 1210 Brussels, 14:00-17:30). This meeting is the day before the Human Rights Conference (HRC) of the Outgames in Antwerp, 31 July-2 August 2013.

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Human Rights Conference (HRC) of the Outgames

08 July 2013
WorldOutgames

The Human Rights Conference (HRC) of the Outgames will be taking place in Antwerp from 31 July-2 August 2013.

World Outgames

24 June 2013
WorldOutgames

WorldOutgames is an international event organized from within the LGBTQ community open for everyone. After Montreal 2006 and Copenhagen 2009, Antwerp is next in line in 2013. The event consist of three main pillars: a human rights conference, a cultural festival and a sports event with in total over 250.000 visitors. Antwerp is also Europe’s capital of sport in 2013. worldOutgames will be the biggest sports event in its programme.

PSI Brasil: Youth project

25 July 2013

The PSI youth project supported by SASK and JHL started in April 2010 and was a project for equal opportunities that focused on young workers, black workers and LGBT. The project then continued focusing more specifically on youth.