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Thursday, 7 August 2014

Out in the Union

UNISON LGBT activists are an organised presence in most if not all Pride celebrations this summer and.along with other trade unionists, have been prime movers in the growth and success of Pride festivals across the UK over the past decade. Less apparent has been the crucial role played by LGBT trade unionists in securing legal rights since 1999 culminating in the Equality Act 2010 and recent same-sex marriage gains. LGBT trade unionists have played a similar transformative role in the US labour movement and a new book 'Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America,' which chronicles the union contribution to the 'growth and success of the modern LGBT rights movement' is reviewed in Dissent magazine: