Photos put Unite on LGBT radar

Photos put Unite on LGBT radar

30 January 2014

An exhibition of photographs in North London by Unite member Francisco Gomez de Villaboa aims to promote international solidarity against austerity, particularly in the LGBT community.
Commissioned by Unite’s London and Eastern region LGBT committee and the Southern & Eastern Region TUC LGBT network, the X-press Yourself exhibition is a series of portraits of LGBT personalities from European countries who live in London.

Most of the images are not overtly political, but they link to personal messages describing the effects of austerity and encouraging viewers to resist these regressive policies.

“We hope Francisco’s photos will make people in the LGBT community think about how the ConDem’s austerity policies impact on their lives,” said Anton Johnson, Unite’s LGBT committee chair.

“We are also linking with the politically active Queer scene for LGBT history month in February, to reach people who do not usually consider engaging with unions.

“We are aiming especially at young workers in non-secure employment and encouraging them to join Unite and to become politically active,” Anton Johnson said.

Pictures from the exhibition are being shown this evening (30 January) in Ipswich at the Co-op Education Centre, 11 Fore St Ipswich – 6 pm. The L&E LGBT committee welcomes inquiries from activists, union branches or trades councils who would also like to display the X-Press Yourself exhibition.
The X-press Yourself exhibition runs until 24 February at White Rabbit, 125 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0UH.

For more information, email Anton Johnson 

• Unite is also supporting a LGBT History Month event at TUC Congress House on 19 February, 16:00-20:00, which highlights the trade unions’ role in the struggle for LGBT equality over last 30 years.