Transcript of a letter from Geraldine Alexander NIPSA Assistant Secretary to the then Northern Ireland Executive Health Minister, Mr Jim Wells MLA dated 2nd December 2014.

Dear Minister

I am writing on behalf of our LGB&T Group to express our concern at the ongoing delay in lifting the current lifetime ban on blood donations by MSM (men who have sex with men) individuals resident in Northern Ireland.

NIPSA campaigns for equal rights, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people at work and in society. NIPSA seeks to achieve a just society – one which recognises the rights of all workers and citizens to enjoy the prosperity and fulfilment which leads to a good quality of life and wellbeing. We therefore welcome the opportunity to comment on this consultation and our response is as follows.

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Below is the response in the form of a questionnarie to the NIPSA LGBT Committee Sexual Orientation Strategy Pre-Consultation Response


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1.NIPSA is the largest trade union in Northern Ireland representing over 45,000 members employed across the whole of the public service in organisations such as the Northern Ireland Civil Service and its Agencies, Local Government, Education and Library Boards, the Health and Personal Social Services, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive as well as a host of Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDBPs). NIPSA also represents a significant number of members in the voluntary sector.

How austerity measures are detrimental to LGB&T communities 

Tory/NI Assembly austerity measures, coupled with the de-prioritisation of LGB&T services, will disproportionally affect vulnerable and minority groups including LGB&T communities.

NIPSA LGB&T are standing up for you, but we need your support to campaign against the austerity measures to help protect LGB&T individuals from:

The report, entitled “Through our Eyes”, researches the experience and perceptions of LGB people in Northern Ireland’s workplace regarding equality and diversity. Key findings include: 

  • Over 40% of respondents from the private and public sectors have heard negative comments about LGB people from colleagues in the workplace; 
  • More than one in four respondents from the public and private sector conceal their sexual orientation in the workplace; 
  • Over 30% of respondents across all workplace sectors would not, or don’t know if they would, feel comfortable approaching management for support if they were victim of homophobic bullying at work, and 
  • More than one in four respondents across all workplace sectors have had reason to make a complaint relating to their sexual orientation. 

“Through Our Eyes” is the second in a series of research reports conducted by The Rainbow Project. Full details on this research click on the link below. 

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