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LGBTQ Caucus

​​​​​​​​​​​As a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer member, you may need a safe place to openly discuss the challenges you face. That's especially the case if you're forced to confront expressions of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia on and off the job. These forms of discrimination are still a serious issue, and can have devastating effects on an individual's personal and professional well being, despite the legal protections and generally more welcoming attitudes toward LGBTQ people.

The LGBTQ Caucus works to challenge​ homophobia, biphobia and transphobia​, and increase awareness throughout our union about its damaging impact. The Caucus encourages LGBTQ members to become more active in our union, from serving as stewards, to attending regional meetings and convention and running for top leadership positions.

It's also involved in Pride celebrations and other community-based events. The Caucus meets twice a year, bringing together one representative from each BCNU region. For more information on the roles and responsibilities of a caucus regional representative, please click here. It elects delegates to the annual BCNU Convention. If you represent your region on the LGBTQ Caucus, and would like to request funding from BCNU to further your group's goals and initiatives, please complete the Regional Caucus Funding Request Form​.

To join the LGBTQ Caucus, please contact the chair via email at lgbtq@bcnu.org or Hanif Karim​, BCNU's Human Rights, Equity and Health Policy Officer. ​

Resources

  • Wondering what it means to provide gender-affirming care to your clients, patients and/or residents? Read BCNU's position statement on gender-affirming care.

  • Using inclusive language can go a long way to creating a safe and welcoming environment – in the Union, your workplace and your community. Here’s a glossary ​developed by QMUNITY staff and volunteers as a suggested guide for inclusive language regarding queer and trans issues. 

  • As Canada’s population continues to age in increasing numbers, the number of LGBTQ seniors also increases. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) seniors are deeply concerned about being able to receive queer and trans competent care when moving from independent living to assisted living or residential care. This discussion paper​, produced by QMUNITY,  is a summary of findings and recommendations to provide culturally competent care for LGBTQ seniors in residential care and assisted living.

 
Updated: 2/10/2017 10:57 AM

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