Brazilian activist dies
In a simple message on Facebook, the husband of the Brazilian LGBT and trade union activist Diego Gonçalves Rodrigues announced on the 9th of November 2019 that in the previous night,
his soul-mate had taken his own life.
Diego was a well-known university teacher and activist in Campo Grande and Mato Graso do Sul, Apart from his trade union and LGBT activism,
he was also working in the regional chapter of the Worker's party PT, where he had a position as secretary for LGBT affairs.
In his trade union work, he was also active at international level, including the PSI LGBT group for the Americas.
One of the last activities in which he was involved was the struggle to get former president Luiz 'Lula' da Silva out of jail, pending the decision of the Brazilian Supreme Court about a previous verdict.
Is this absurdity or irony: Lula was released the same day that Diego took his own life.
We send our deepest sympathies to his husband, his friends and family, all over the world. A luta continua!
EU Conference on "Trade Union Practices on Non-Discrimination and Diversity"
Compared to 2010, the number of reports about discrimination at work on the ground of sexual orientation has mounted.
This disturbing outcome of a study in the European Union Member-States was one of the topics discussed at a meeting in Brussels on the 17th of October, 2019.
Human rights and the principle or equal rights have become one of the fundamental principles on which the European Union is based.
A discussion about how to protect people in all areas of social life against discrimination based on all the grounds the EU acknowledges still needs to get to a final conclusion.
Nevertheless, the protection in the area of work is legally arranged. And the European Union policies agrees that trade unions have an important role to play in the battle
against discrimination - including the discrimination of LGBTQI+ workers or applicants.
Read more here.
Former Dutch trade union leader's tragic death
On the 7th of October, 2019, Ella Vogelaar, former trade union leader and former politician in the Netherlands, has taken her own life.
Most people in the Netherlands know her as the minister for Housing, Neigbourhoods and Social Integration, a position she had in 2007 and 2008.
The neighbourhoods she fought for, first qualified as deprived areas, became later known as
'Vogelaar neigbourhoods'. Her time as a minister was not easy: not only did the right-wing media and politicians attack her, but the support by her own social-democrat party was frail.
But she started her career in the Dutch trade union for education (ABOP), where she became board member as the gay and lesbian groups in this union started to work,
and was a strong supporter of these groups. A few years later, she became chair of the ABOP, and vice-chair of the trade union federation FNV. Her political career started after this period.
After stepping down as minister, she worked in several other positions and organisations, including a corporation for building and letting homes for people with lower incomes.
She was a woman of strong convictions, always working on solidarity with the deprived, the discriminated, the poor.
Vogelaar suffered from depressions in recent years. At the age of 69, she took her own life.
We are shocked and send our sympathies to the dear ones she left behind.
TUC report on anti-LGBT harassment
68% of Brittain's LGBT workers have experienced sexual harassment at work. 12% of the female LGBT workers has experienced serious sexual assault or rape at work.
These are some results of research performed by the British trade union organisation TUC, published in a report in April 2019.
Read also why most workers affected did not
report the incidents and more.
Spanish education union celebrates IDAHOT with special attention to transgenderism, queerness and education
How familiar does this sound: "Oh, an anti-gay insult in our school? Don't worry: we have no gay people in this school." One of the articles in this special issue of the Spanish teachers' union FE-CCOO
about transgenders, queerness and education, published in the framework of IDAHOT 2019. For those who read Spanish.
Wellington World of Work meeting
Trade unionists and those who were interested gathered on March, 17, 2019, Wellington (New-Zealand) prior to the ILGA World Conference, and discussed the situation in their own countries
and the way to strengthen the international networking on LGBTI trade union issues. Read more about this event on