February is LGBT History Month. To mark the occasion, we turn the spotlight on the LGBT collections in the library. The TUC, trade union and labour movements have long campaigned for equality and anti-discrimination legislation in the workplace and wider society.
The library contains a large collection of pamphlets, leaflets and reports relating to the development of LGBT rights as a public issue, particularly from the 1960s onwards. In 1985 one of the first motions on the subject of equal opportunities for lesbians and gays was passed at the TUC’s annual congress. In 1997 the TUC instituted its first special conference for lesbian and gay workers and it has subsequently become an annual event. The TUC Library contains a full collection of all the TUC annual congress reports and the reports of all the TUC’s special conferences, such as the LGBT conferences.
The library also contains a wider collection of material relating to sexual orientation, sexual harassment, homophobia and social movements for equality. A guide to what the library holds on LGBT issues can be downloaded as a PDF from our website here: metranet.londonmet.ac.uk/fms/MRSite/psd/ls/libsites/tuc/sources-LGBT.pdf