LGBT - Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender teachers

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Since 1998, Education International works for the rights of its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members. It is now working with its partners and member organizations on formulating recommendations and policies on the subject.

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In 1998, the EI World Congress passed a resolution on the "Protection of the rights of lesbian and gay education personnel". The resolution required the application and evaluation of GLBT rights among member organizations. Within the context of its policy on Equality, the Committee on Equality within the EI Pan European Structure put the defense of LGBT rights on its agenda since 2001. Since 2004, EI and the Public Services International (PSI) set up a EI-PSI LGBT Forum (made up of representatives from affiliates of the two organizations), which serves as consultative body to the Executive Boards of both EI and PSI.

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As a result of the resolution on the "Protection of the rights of lesbian and gay education personnel" passed in 1998, EI conducts a Global Survey on GLBT teaching personnel through its affiliates every three years. The first survey was conducted in 2001.

Both EI and PSI have also produced a publication called "Working for lesbian and gay members" in 2000 to serve as guidelines for the protection of GLBT personnel's rights for EI and PSI's member organizations.

Both the survey results and the joint EI-PSI publication can be downloaded from our Resource Library.

In 2004, EI and the Public Services International (PSI) set up a EI-PSI GLBT Forum (made up of representatives from affiliates of the two organizations), which serves as consultative body to the Executive Boards of both EI and PSI: lgbt.ei-ie.org

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