Community is the modern union for the changing world of work. We represent working people across every sector of the UK economy, from the self-employed to people working in finance or the third sector to those working in the early years sector. Thousands of people have taken the decision to join us, and together we make up Community.

The benefits of being a member of Community are varied; from the advice and representation at work from trained and legal advisers, to learning and development opportunities. You can find out more about the benefits of being a member of our union here.

As well as these benefits and services, we also work to tackle discrimination and unfair treatment in the workplace, and for a better society for all LGBT+ people.

We organise within the LGBT+ community because we know discrimination still exists at work and in society. If you identify as LGBT+ you are likely to be paid less, more likely to be harassed and less likely to be promoted. When bad times hit, LGBT+ people are more likely to be affected than their straight, cis counterparts. That’s why equality work is so important to trade unions and speaks to the heart of our purpose.

We organise in a number of ways by working with employers nationally and at a local branch level to represent members’ needs, negotiate reasonable adjustments and advise members on issues that matter to them. Examples of this are our guidance for LGBT+ workers and allies and our work to secure better workplace policies and practices that might impact LGBT+ people like parental leave.

If you want to find out more about our work to extend LGBT+ rights and towards a society where everyone can be free to love who they want freely and openly, you can sign up for our LGBT+ mailing list here.

Whoever you are, whatever your industry and however you work, we want you to be a part of our union. Join us today and be a part of a collective of thousands of people who are fighting for a better world of work.

Melantha Chittenden

Head of Communications and Media at Community trade union

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