Job role: LGBT officer
The LGBT Officer is the key representative for LGBT members on the LIEC, and works to ensure that LGBT members are fully involved in the work of LI as well as taking a leading role in making sure that the campaigning work of the LI reaches out and engages with LGBT voters.
There are three key aims:
- Making sure that the voices of LGBT members are heard within LI
- Working to make sure that LGBT members are supported, involved and engaged in LI
- Campaigning with LGBT members – playing a leading role in making sure that LI campaigns win LGBT votes
- Make sure that LGBT members are included in all of the party’s activities and that meetings and events are accessible and fully inclusive of LGBT members.
- Encourage LI to issue an equalities monitoring form so that LGBT members can self-identify.
- Reach out to LGBT people through local campaigns, and working with organisations to engage voters,highlight issues, and get a better deal for LGBT people.
- Bring LGBT members together to empower each other and break down the barriers to getting involved.
- Run online events for LGBT members, including policy development and training.
- Work to recruit more LGBT members into the Labour party and helping to make sure that those members make the jump from member to activist to leader.
- Listening to LGBT people’s views and ensuring that they are reflected in Labour’s policy making including thr Labour Party democracy review.
- Acting as CLP link with LGBT Labour, the party’s national affiliate representing LGBT members, and encourage participation with their national events.
- Encourage LGBT members to attend the LP natinal conference
- Raise awareness around LGBT needs in the LP, LI and the community.
- Bring LGBT members together to empower each other and gain the knowledge and skills they need get involved.
- Report back on your activity, campaigns and community work and highlight any forthcoming events or campaigning.
- Work to ensure that LGBT members of LI are not subjected to harassment within LI and the LP as a whole, including at branch and group meetings and online.
This role is varied and exciting, and you can make a real difference to your local party through this position. You can choose how to focus your role and what to make your priority depending on what sort of activities that local members want to see. At the heart of all your activity should be the aims of building an inclusive party for LGBT members and building campaigns with your LGBT community in mind. As CLP LGBT Officer, it is your role to ensure LGBTmembers are able to get fully involved and that their views and concerns are reflected and listened to.You could consider the following activities:
- Make sure that all LI LGBT members knows how to contact you and welcome new members to LI.
- Set up a LGBT forum in LI to support you in your work. Consider running a survey for LGBT members on their interests, training needs and the support they would need to get active.
- Having a wide range of events and activities so that members can feel involved and connected with LI.
- Organise training to encourage LGBT members to become more involved in the party and public life.
- Encourage LGBT members are supported to stand for the CLP executive and other positions.
- Explore how LI can engage with LGBT people locally, including making contact with local branches of LGBT organisations and running a joint campaign in the local community. You could also get in touch with trade unions branches to discuss how you can work together.
- Organise a group to attend local Pride marches and host a Labour stall at the march or rally.
- Actively encourage LGBT members to get involved in meetings and contribute to discussions.
- Work with the LIEC education, training and information officer to encourage LGBT members to become more involved in LI and in community activity.
- Encourage LGBT members in LI to attend Labour Party national conference.
- Work with LIEC to ensure that LGBT member’s concerns are included in policy debates.
- Good communication skills
- Good analysis skills
- Ability to develop policy
- Ability to represent LI to the Labour Party centrally and secure support for LI initiatives.
- Regular access to the internet and social media
- Able to use or willing to learn to use Zoom online videoconferencing
- Knowledge of issues that affect LGBT members in the Labour Party and in communities.
As LGBT officer you need to be:
- Friendly and approachable
- Willing to work as part of a team
Lines of Communication
You will be a voting member of the Labour International Co-ordinating Committee (LIEC) and would be required to attend LIEC and All Members meetings.
Approximately 5 hours a month but this may increase during General Election or other campaigns.
You will be at the forefront of increasing the involvement of LGBT members in LI and the Labour Party as a whole. So how you choose to develop it will be up to you in negotiation with LIEC and women members.
How to Apply
Please write a personal statement of 150 words stating the skills you can bring pointing out how you would develop this new role.
This role is open to job share