Anneliese was delighted to be able to address UNISON’s LGBT Conference in Brighton.
As a member of the European Parliament’s LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trans and Intersex) Intergroup, promoting LGBTI equality is very important to Anneliese. Although much progress has been made in the UK in recent years, such as the right to equal marriage, there are still areas, both in the UK and across the EU, where much more must be done before true equality can be reached for LGBTI people.
UNISON’s LGBT conference is a chance to highlight the good work that groups like trade unions do to keep up the pressure on employers and governments to improve and enforce their anti-discrimination legislation and practices, and to emphasises that the many of the working rights that are now taken for granted in the UK are a result of EU legislation. These working rights could be at risk should the UK leave the EU, and the UK would also lose much of its international influence, meaning there would be fewer opportunities to persuade other countries to improve LGBTI rights and move towards a more equal society.