'Gays off the Railway'

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An RMT member writes of his experiences of homophobia in the workplace, as well as solidarity from colleagues

 

“GAYS OFF THE RAILWAY!”

This was written on the front of an accident repair book of a train I was working recently.

It is a daunting thought that there are people in this day and age that still think in this way.

Although there are several people who are comfortable with colleagues being aware of their sexuality, there are still a lot of people out there who are not. RMT does not tolerate any form of discrimination against individuals because of sex, race or sexual orientation.

RMT is an inclusive union that believes everyone is stronger together united, than looking for reasons to divide us. This article seeks to assure you that you are not alone and that you have support from RMT relating to any lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.

Having recently told my branch that I am a gay man, I have discovered how much support is given concerning LGBT issues.

There is a specially selected group of people who meet three times a year that forms an Advisory Committee.

Every year RMT’s organise an LGBT Conference which enables you to use your voice and have your say. The last conference was held in Glasgow in May and it gives us all the opportunity to meet like-minded people in the transport industry.

A social evening is organised on the eve of conference at a nearby gay venue which forms a great “ice-breaker” and allows you to let your hair down [those who still have hair and thankfully I fall into this category].

Correspondence is sent to your branch so put your name forward and become a delegate for the next one – May 8 2009 in Cardiff or just come along for the experience.

RMT also supports various Pride events throughout the year and welcomes anyone who wishes to lend their support.

For more information about the LGBT Committee email j.webb@rmt.org.uk .