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Lavender Caucus

The Lavender Caucus is the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex & Questioning (LGBTIQ) Caucus of the Service Employees International Union whose purpose is to facilitate open and respectful communication between the LGBTIQ community and the labor movement by:

  • increasing the visibility of LGBTIQ rank-and-file activists, officers and staff members in their unions and workplaces, and in work actions;
  • creating a visible SEIU presence within the LGBTIQ community;
  • educating SEIU members, staff and leadership about LGBTIQ issues;
  • educating the LGBTIQ community about labor issues and supporting workers' rights within that community;
  • networking with other labor and community groups to build a strong, visible coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and allies activists;
  • supporting the AFL-CIO constituency group Pride at Work (P@W), acting as a liaison between SEIU and P@W and working with other international LGBTIQ organizations;
  • organizing against all discrimination, specifically including discrimination based on sex or gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or perceived orientation and/or marital status; and
  • promoting and facilitating LGBTIQ active participation and leadership through union democracy and rank-and-file development.

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Updated Jun 22, 2024