At the second day of NUS LGBT Conference in Manchester, motions were debated in the zones of rules revision, strong and active union and society and citizenship.
The first motion ‘A+ For Inclusion’ calling for a name change for the campaign from LGBT to LGBT+ fell, while a motion regarding the cost of conference was voted not to be heard. The final motion of this zone ‘Disabled Students at LGBT Conference’ passed, however, and mandated that NUS change delegate entitlements so that there is a place reserved in all delegations for a self-defining disabled LGBT delegate.
In the zone of strong and active union, ‘A trans+ inclusive feminism’ passed without a speech against or a summation, calling on NUS LGBT Campaign to work with the NUS Women’s Campaign to ensure that all national feminist campaigns are trans* inclusive, and to oppose trans*-exclusionary and transphobic feminism in any form.
‘A more representative, feminist movement’ fell, a motion calling for NUS LGBT committee to ensure that future campaigns address the issues faced by women and trans* people in the LGBT community. ‘LGBT activist days’ passed, resolving to produce a toolkit giving instruction on how students’ can challenge their union/guild/association et al to provide common access to NUS LGBT Conference.
‘Challenging racism and fascism on our campuses and in our communities’ also passed, resolving to actively challenge racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and fascism on campuses and in communities, and to campaign for no platform for fascists within NUS or in Students’ Unions. ‘Liberation league: empowering prospective LGBT students, empowering activists and unions’ also passed, mandating the creation of a ‘Liberation League’ whereby students involved in different liberation groups can mark their union and institution on how well liberation group interests are treated.
A motion from welfare was moved to this point in the conference owing to a procedural motion, and ‘Lobbying of the General Medical Council for inclusion of outcomes specific both to LGB and T issues within ‘Tomorrows’ Doctors’ and passed.
Moving back to strong and active union, ‘Don’t let the campaign die – support the right to LGBT(+)’ also passed with no speech against or summation, resolving to support any students’ who wish to rescue an LGBT based campaign society against the wishes of their institution. ‘Trans representation in the student movement’ also passed smoothly, resolving to support and provide resources for trans students who run for sabbatical office. ‘Clear trans policy in BUCS’ also passed, mandating to lobby BUCS to make competition regulation relating to trans students clearer, publicly available, and easily accessible on their website.
Finally in this zone ‘Keep Wednesday afternoons free (from Cissexism)’ also passed, calling to demand that every male BUCS competition is immediately and unconditionally opened up to all otherwise eligible students who do not define as female.
The final zone, ‘No T in Stonewall’ passed, after a lengthy debate on parts (removing 2 and 3) and a fallen procedural motion, meaning NUS will condemn Stonewall and urge them to engage on trans* issues, although NUS will continue to work with Stonewall. After an election announcement, ‘Recognising non-binary gender identities’ passed mandating the lobby the Government Equality Office to recognise the existence of non-binary gender identities, and to support student activists and LGBT societies who wish to lobby their Unions or institutions on non-binary issues. ‘LGBT young people in care’ also passed without a speech against or summation, calling for NUS to produce a short handbook for LGBT Young People that educates them on consent, sexuality, and assures them they’re not alone.