Announcing the Fourth Joint Service LGBT Conference

Announcements and updates from the organisers relating to the 9-10 Oct 2008 Fourt Jt Svce Conference, hosted by the Army, on LGBT matters will be posted in this area

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Announcing the Fourth Joint Service LGBT Conference

Postby p2s admin » Wed 06 Aug 2008 17:38

REPOST FROM ARCHIVE

on behalf of the Conference organisers:


The Army-sponsored Fourth Joint Service Conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Matters will be held at the Union Jack Club, Waterloo, on Thu 9 and Fri 10 Oct 08.

The conference is open to all Service personnel but attendance from the LGBT community and junior ranks/ratings is particularly encouraged. MOD Civil Servants are also invited to attend.

The intent of the two day conference is: to update personnel on developments in the Services’ diversity programmes; to participate in presentations and workshops covering areas of interest to LGBT personnel; and to provide an enjoyable informal social networking opportunity for personnel and their partners who may not have this opportunity at their home unit.

It is planned that the Conference will convene at 10.00 on Thu 9 Oct and disperse in the mid-afternoon of Fri 10 Oct 08.

It is expected that a DIN will be published soon giving details of registration arrangements etc. Full details will be published on proud2serve.net and through Service channels.

View the summary of the previous Conference and a list of suggested actions: http://proud2serve.net/public/viewtopic.php?t=2075
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CGS to host Conference in October 08

Postby p2s admin » Wed 06 Aug 2008 17:39

The Press Association 14 Jul 08 wrote:The Army has joined forces with a leading gay rights group to promote equality for homosexual and bisexual soldiers. The partnership between the Army and Stonewall, sees the force become the 400th member of the campaign group's Diversity Champions programme for employers.

General Sir Richard Dannatt, Chief of the General Staff, said: "One of the Army's six Core Values is 'Respect for Others' and it is therefore our absolute duty to treat our fellow soldiers as we would wish to be treated ourselves." Sir Richard will host a conference for gay personnel in London in October.
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Re: Announcing the Fourth Joint Service LGBT Conference

Postby SimonB » Sun 10 Aug 2008 14:49

Dear all,

The planning is well under way for the conference.

We are hoping that the DIN is going to be out on the streets in a week or so. The DIN will contain an application form which you will need to send off if you want to come along.

We will put more info up on here just as soon as the DIN is out.

Meanwhile please spread the word and get the dates booked off in your diaries.

Cheers.

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Delay in DIN for the Fourth Joint Service LGBT Conference

Postby Army Employment Branch » Tue 19 Aug 2008 10:01

Dear All

This is just to let you know that I sent off the draft DIN for the Conference on 4 Aug 08. The instructions for DINs state that it takes about 2 weeks to get published in electronic form, longer in hard copy. I have just chased this up, only to be told that the organisation that do DINs are in the process of transitioning to DII(F) and that no DINs will be published until 'early September', but ours will certainly be one of them.

So the DIN is on its way; I can post the draft on this site if you want, but without the DIN reference number can see little point as the basic information you already know.

I will try and keep my eye out for it, but hopefully others here will do the same and let all know when it hits the streets.



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Re: Announcing the Fourth Joint Service LGBT Conference

Postby SimonB » Fri 22 Aug 2008 18:20

All,

We have had some problems getting the DIN published officialy as Lt Col Bulleid's message above says.

However the official text of the DIN as it has been released by HQ Directorate Manning (Army) is published below.

Please feel free to use it as required. You are welcome to use the return form to send in your applications to attend. You will probably need to wait until the actual DIN is published with the reference number to put on your travel claims

It will be officialy published asap as a formal DIN. If you want a file version of it if you e mail the conference hotmail address
conference2008@hotmail.com we will e mail you one back.

Simon




1 Title Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Joint Service Conference 9 -10 Oct 08

2 Audience All Service personnel
3 Applies Immediately
4 Expires 11 Oct 08
5 Replaces NA
6 Reference (completed by DE&S Graphics and Photography)
7 Released (completed by DE&S Graphics and Photography)
8 Channel 01 – Personnel
9 Subject Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) Joint Service Conference
10 Content LGBT Joint Service Conference 9 - 10 Oct 08; explaining the event, content and how to attend.
11 Sponsor Employment Branch, Directorate of Manning (Army)
12 Contact Lt Col CA Bulleid, SO1 Diversity, Empl Br, DM(A) on 94344 5350 or 01980 615350
13 Keywords Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT)
14 Related information
15 Classification UNCLASSIFIED




Introduction

1. The purpose of this DIN is to inform all personnel about the Joint Service LGBT Conference that will take place over the period 9 – 10 Oct 08 in the Union Jack Club, Waterloo, starting at 1000hrs. The conference is open to all military personnel, and MOD Civil Servants by invitation, and attendance from the LGBT junior ranks/ratings is particularly encouraged. .

Background

2. The Conference was set up to provide a channel for LGBT staff to discuss issues of interest that affect their employment and ability to be productive as members of staff and to update personnel on developments in the Services’ diversity programmes via presentation as presentations and workshops. The Conference will convene at 10.00 on Thu 9 Oct and disperse mid-afternoon of Fri 10 Oct 08

Programme

2. The programme is still in draft; however it will cover the following areas:

a. Opening Address. An opening address by a senior Army Officer (yet to be confirmed) about the importance of Equality and Diversity.

b. Policy. An update on Personnel policy focusing on E&D in the Services.

c. Harassment and the complaints procedure. Update on current Armed Forces complaints procedures relevant to sexual orientation harassment issues.

d. Diversity Champions. An update on the relationship between Stonewall and the 3 Services. Stonewall’s Diversity Champions Programme benchmarking process explained and a progress report on the single Services.

e. Community Focus Updates. Views from the LGBT community in the RN/RM, Army, RAF, Reservists and MOD Civil Service.

f. Transsexuals/Transgender Issues. Raising awareness of transsexual/transgender matters.

g. Experience from the Armed Forces of another Nation. A guest speaker from a member of the Armed Forces of another NATO nation talking about LGBT issues in that country.

h. Police issues. Briefings from the Service Police and a civilian Police force on LGBT issues and the work of LGBT community liaison officers.

i. Single Service Workshops. Single Service workshop and feedback sessions, allowing serving personnel and other attendees to discuss LGBT issues with their E&D policy staffs and provide input to developing policy and practice.


3. In addition to the Conference sessions set out above, there will be a relaxed informal all-ranks buffet dinner on Thursday with a guest speaker. Details of any associated informal nights out will be outlined to delegates at the time of confirmation of their attendance.

4. All personnel applying to attend should come prepared for discussion as the conference is designed to help improve an understanding and inform policies affecting all Service personnel. A willingness to participate in discussion groups is expected.


Attendance

5. Attendance is welcomed from all personnel in the Armed Forces (regular and reserve) and in particular, junior ranks and ratings. In view of the numbers anticipated, early return of application forms (at Annex A) to the organisers would be appreciated. Partners of serving personnel may attend and participate in the proceedings but priority will be afforded to serving personnel. In the event of the Conference being oversubscribed the organisers will decide on a final allocation of places and notify all applicants no later than 22 Sep 08.

6. Joining instructions (including directions) for delegates will be sent to the address provided on the application from September onwards. These instructions will not include a list of attendees.

Costs, Travel and Subsistence, Accommodation

7. The Conference has been given the full support of CGS, and Single Service Equality and Diversity staff. Unit travel budgets may therefore be used to facilitate attendance at this event. Personnel unwilling to approach their immediate chain of command should consult an appropriate unit EDA to investigate alternative approval mechanisms. If personnel do not wish to notify their chain of command of their attendance they are still welcome to attend but there will not be any effective means of processing a travel claim.

8. A cheque to the value of £10 for service personnel and £15 for civilian partners should accompany the application as payment to cover the evening social buffet and refreshments. This buffet is an important networking and feedback opportunity. Where both partners are serving personnel, the form should be annotated accordingly and both individuals will pay the lower charge. Cheques should be made payable to: ‘Central Bank Upavon Support Unit’. In the unlikely event that there are funds left over after the buffet meal has been paid for, the surplus will be put towards the cost of the lunch.

9. Delegates planning to attend the conference should reserve accommodation early; suggestions are The Union Jack Club, which is hosting the event and the Victory Services Club. Both are all-ranks clubs for the Armed Forces in central London and represent excellent value; each has its own web site.

Confidentiality

10. The event will be attended by individuals who are out in their workplaces and also by personnel who are not openly out. Indeed, not all delegates will be gay as the Conference is open to all personnel. The organisers will make no assumptions as to the sexual orientation of any delegate and strongly encourage other delegates to do likewise. Attendees will therefore be required to respect confidentiality and act at all times in keeping with the spirit of the Armed Forces Code of Social Conduct.

11. All applications will be handled in the strictest of confidence. Applicants’ forms and cheques from unsuccessful applicants will be shredded on conclusion of the conference.

Dress

12. The dress code for the event is smart casual civilian clothing, however this is a duty event and ripped / scruffy jeans or other overly casual clothing is not appropriate.

Further Details and Suggestions for Agenda Items

13. Personnel interested in attending but requiring further information may contact the event co-ordinators through any of the following channels, listed in descending order of preference:

a. Proud2Serve.net is the well-established serving LGBT community communications channel and will be used to provide regular updates on the Conference’s arrangements and agenda. A dedicated topic on the public forum has been added at: http://proud2serve.net/

viewforum.php?f=60

b. Email: conference2008@hotmail.com
This e-mail account is only accessed by the conference organisers.


c. Post. 2008 Conference
c/o Sgt P Lyons
G1
HQ 1 (UK) Armd Div
BFPO 15

If you do not wish to identify yourself in your letter please provide an e-mail address or mobile number for reply.


d. Telephone. Army Project Officer, SO1 Diversity, Lt Col CA Bulleid at Employment Branch, DM(A), Upavon, on 94344 5350 or 01980 615338
ANNEX A TO 2008 DIN??-???

FOURTH JOINT SERVICE CONFERENCE ON LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSSEXUAL MATTERS, UNION JACK CLUB, LONDON, 9 – 10 OCT 08

APPLICATION FOR ATTENDANCE – SERVICE PERSONNEL


Items marked * are optional but may assist the conference organisers to keep you informed. These details will not be disclosed to other participants.

NAME ______________________________________________________

RANK/RATE ______________________________________________________

SERVICE NUMBER ______________________________________________________

DATE OF BIRTH ______________________________________________________

UNIT/ESTABLISHMENT ______________________________________________________


*Email Address ______________________________________________________

*Phone Number on which
you may be contacted to
discuss the Conference ______________________________________________________


Signed: _______________ Dated: _______________



If your partner wishes to attend:

NAME ______________________________________________________

My partner is partner a serving member of HM FORCES: Yes / No

If ‘Yes’, enter their details below and they will be charged at the serving personnel rate. If ‘No’ they will be placed on the reserve list and informed no later than 22 Sep 08.

NAME ______________________________________________________

RANK/RATE ______________________________________________________

SERVICE NUMBER ______________________________________________________

DATE OF BIRTH ______________________________________________________

UNIT/ESTABLISHMENT ______________________________________________________




/continued->

I enclose a cheque for:
One serviceman/woman £10
One serviceman/woman and civilian partner £25
A serving couple £20

made payable to ‘Central Bank Upavon Support Unit’.

Once completed, return this form to:

2008 Conference
c/o Sgt P Lyons
G1
HQ 1 (UK) Armd Div
BFPO 15


or e-mail: conference2008@hotmail.com


However you will only be allocated a confirmed place once your cheque has been received.

All applications will be treated in strictest confidence and no names of personnel applying to attend will be released to any unit chain of command.
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Re: Announcing the Fourth Joint Service LGBT Conference

Postby p2s admin » Fri 22 Aug 2008 20:10

Please find links to the Draft DIN in PDF and Word format below.

PDF FORMAT

WORD FORMAT

I have also updated the link to the topic about the conference in the DIN text, it should be: viewforum.php?f=60
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Re: Announcing the Fourth Joint Service LGBT Conference

Postby scouse_RN » Mon 01 Sep 2008 19:19

HI would like to attend but need to get the time off. I can not always access this site anymore since there is extreme limited web access onboard my ship.
IF someone could email me with the DIN number please.

Mil. 278-w12b@a.dii.mod.uk
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Re: Announcing the Fourth Joint Service LGBT Conference

Postby SimonB » Tue 02 Sep 2008 10:36

Scouse,

The DIN has not been officialy published yet - see posts above for the reasons why. Hence we do not currently have a DIN number.

However the copy of the DIN posted above is official and has been authorised for release by HQ DM (Army). We are waiting for it to be publshed and will post up on here as soon as we can. It is really outside our control as it is a DII issue

If you have any problem using the copy of the DIN above then I suggest a quick phone call to Cdr Graham Beard in the RN E&D team at Fleet HQ.

I will e mail this as well.

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Re: Announcing the Fourth Joint Service LGBT Conference

Postby HappyGuy » Wed 03 Sep 2008 00:39

Simon,

Would love to say I'll be there but until I start the new job on the 16th I cant commit either way hence nil return from me at the moment. Once I get back and get my feet in the new boss' in tray I should be able to attend.

TVM

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Oh how true of so many and most arent appearing either.
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Re: Announcing the Fourth Joint Service LGBT Conference

Postby Army Employment Branch » Thu 04 Sep 2008 10:52

Dear All

The DIN for the conference has now been published - it is DIN 2008DIN01-182.

The link to the DIN for those that have DII is http://defenceintranet.diiweb.r.mil.uk/ ... n01182.htm

I will now try and crack the system and get it advertised on the Defence Intranet Homepage.

Please pass the word.

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