Being CLP LGBT Officer

CLP LGBT Officer 

The LGBT Officer is the local representative of LGBT members within the CLP, and  

works to ensure that LGBT members are fully involved in the work of the local party, 

as well as taking a leading role in making sure that the campaigning work of the 

constituency reaches out and engages with LGBT voters. 

 

As LGBT Officer, you should be friendly and approac hable, organised, able to run 

events and above all be prepared to work hard to ensure that LGBT members have a 

strong voice within the local party.  

 

 

Key tasks and responsibilities  

     •   Making sure that LGBT members are included in all of the party’s activities and 

         that meetings and events are fully inclusive of LGBT members. 

     •   Welcoming new LGBT members to the CLP, through emails, telephone contact 

         or social events. You can encourage your CLP to issue an equalities monitoring 

         form so that LGBT members can self-identify. 

     •   Reaching out to LGBT people through local campaigns, and working with 

         organisations in the constituency to engage voters, highlight issues, and get a 

         better deal for LGBT people.

     •   Bringing LGBT members together to empower each other and break down the 

         barriers to getting involved. 

     •   Running events for LGBT members, including policy development, social events 

         and training.  

     •   Working 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. 

     •   Acting as CLP link with LGBT Labour, the party’s national affiliate representing 

         LGBT members, and encourage participation with their national events within 

         your CLP. 

 

 

Activity 

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 local LGBT community in mind.  

 

Having a wide range of events and activity such as local policy forums is really 

important in enabling LGBT members to get involved - you could even open these up 

to the wider LGBT community.  You should organise training to encourage LGBT 

members to become more involved in the party and public life, for example as party 

officers, school governors or local councillors, and ensure that LGBT members are 

supported to stand for the CLP executive and other positions. You could start by 

surveying interests and training needs of LGBT members.   

 

The  other  part  of  your  role  involves  looking  outside  of  the  party  to  your  local 

community, and exploring how your CLP can engage with LGBT people locally.  

 

Think  about  making  contact  with  local  branches  of  LGBT  charities  and  voluntary 

organisations, setting up consultation meetings, exchanging speakers and running a 

joint  campaign  in  the  local  community.  You  could  al so  get  in  touch  with  your  local 

trade union branches to set up a meeting to discuss how you can work together.   

 

Organise  a  group  to  attend  your  local  Pride  march  and  host  a  Labour  stall  at  the 

march or rally. Get in touch with LGBT Labour who will be able to provide campaign 

materials.  

 

 

Meetings  

As CLP LGBT Officer, it is your role to ensure LGBT members are able to get fully 

involved and that their views and concerns are reflected and listened to.  Local 

meetings are a fantastic opportunity to increase LGBT participation in the CLP.  At 

each CLP meeting, you should: 

         •    Actively encourage LGBT members  to get involved in meetings and 

              contribute to discussions. 

         •    Report back on your activity, campaigns and community work and highlight 

              any forthcoming events or campaigning. 

         •    Introduce  yourself  to  any  LGBT  members  attending  a  meeting  for  the  first 

              time.  Though this information isn’t collected by the party nationally, you can 

              encourage  your  CLP  to  issue  an  equalities  monitoring  form  so  that  LGBT 

              members can self-identify. 

 

 

Useful links and contact details  

     •    If you have any questions about the role of CLP LGBT Coordinator get in touch 

         with the National Women and Equalities Officer on equalities@labour.org.uk. 

     •    LGBT Labour is the national affiliate group to the Labour Party that exists to 

          represent and support the interests of LGBT Labour Party members and 

         supporters. (lgbtlabour.org.uk; lgbtlabouruk@gmail.com.)

 

•   Remember, you can always refer an issue to your Regional or National Office – 

    you can find their details here> labour.org.uk/pages/scottish-welsh-and-

    regional-offices. 

•   Contact the Legal and Governance Unit by emailing 

    legal_queries@labour.org.uk .  You can also visit 

    members.labour.org.uk/legal_and_compliance_downloads. 

•   Our online training offer can be found at members.labour.org.uk/about-labour-

    training and you can subscribe to our regular training emails by visiting 

    labour.org.uk/w/training-emails. 

•   You’ll find lots of useful guides and resources on member engagement, as well 

    as membership forms and the full MemberCentre guide in the Membership & 

    Supporters area on Membersnet members.labour.org.uk/members--

    supporters. 

•   Keep up to date with our latest campaigns by visiting  

    members.labour.org.uk/campaign-resources. 

•   You can purchase and download a host of membership recruitment materials 

    from Labour’s Campaign Shop at shop.labour.org.uk.  

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