Meghan Marsh is an activist in Community’s financial and professional sector. We asked her to reflect on what LGBT+ History month means to her.
“LGBT+ history Month is important to so many people, not only within the UK, but also all across the world. It is sad to think that in other countries there are people still having to fight for their rights to be with the person they love or be the person they know that they are.
“Within the last decade the UK has had some significant moments. In 2012 London hosted world pride. The first ever Trans pride was held in Brighton in 2013 (which although was 8 years late from when Transgender people were able to change their legal gender in 2005) was a landmark moment for the LGBT community.
“I remember in March 2014 buying every newspaper with front page headlines about the same-sex marriage law being passed. This was a moment in history that would change my life, and others lives around me forever. Having been able to marry my best friend and call her my wife was this positive change in my life.
“It is also great to see the progression within the working world for those of the LGBT+ community. From 1977 when the TUC held its first LGBT conference, in order to show that unions are there to support and defend people of all identities, and be able to bring them all together. After 5 years of campaigning by Stonewall, in 2000 the ban was lifted for LGB people to serve within the armed forces.
“This was then followed shortly after in 2003 by “employment equality” law being introduced, meaning it was thereby illegal to discriminate against anyone identifying as LGB within the workplace, and in 2010 adding to it that harassment or discrimination against transgender people would also be illegal.
“I love being able to share the great achievements that we have faced, and not only together as LGBT+ community but also with our heterosexual allies standing by our side. I hope that we see many more changes ahead, as unfortunately in some areas we still have a long way to go to gain real equality.”
Community is looking for more members to sign up as equalities reps for their branches, so we can continue to push for a more equal world of work. Interested? Let us know here.