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NUJ commends podcast which "covers queer culture with a Scouse voice"

5 July 2018

The NUJ commended two of its members and a major regional publisher at this week’s TUC LGBT conference in London.

The union publicised the work of Liverpool Echo journalists and NUJ members Emilia Bona and Josh Parry for their weekly Queer Liverpool podcast – and the Reach group (formerly Trinity Mirror) for backing the initiative with time and resources.

The first edition was recorded in May and since then they have discussed topics ranging from coming out to being disabled and gay. Emilia and Josh described their podcast as “covering queer culture with a distinctly Scouse voice”.

Another podcast, in conjunction with a Liverpool FC supporters group and The Anfield Wrap, a podcast and fanzine, addressed the topic of premier league footballers remaining closeted. The two Liverpool Echo journalists said they were proud the company had put its name to it. Emilia said:

“The initial response has been overwhelmingly positive and people seem genuinely excited about the podcast. A lot of people have commented on how pleased they are their regional newspaper is backing a podcast that celebrates our city’s diversity.”

The two-day TUC LGBT+ conference took place at Congress House in London before Saturday's Pride in London celebrations.

The vital role of the media in tacking homophobia and transphobia was stressed at the conference. Séamus Dooley, assistant general secretary, told delegates that the NUJ is always willing to co-operate with sister unions in promoting high standards of journalism and enforcement of the NUJ Code of Conduct.

A Prospect motion calling for unions to engage with employers on activities to enhance the lives of LGBT+ workers contained a generalised criticism of “some sections of the media” hostile to the campaign to promote diversity in the workplace. Moving an NUJ amendment Séamus reminded delegates that the term “the media” was all encompassing. He urged unions to recognise that not all media organisations were the same and journalists frequently had no influence on editorial policy. The NUJ has, he said, a proud record on promoting equality and would continue to defend the promotion professional standards.

NUJ delegate Guy Thornton spoke to a motion about violence in the workplace, saying all should be able to feel safe in the workplace. He also took part in a debate about Brexit, says that as a journalist based in the Netherlands, he felt strongly about the impact of Brexit and the wide-reaching issues this raised for many journalist members.

The TUC  said it supported the NUJ local news matters campaign to give a voice to LGBT+ in the local community by promoting proper investment in quality local journalism. Conference agreed that a motion supporting  gender self declaration would go forward to Congress.

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