The eighth TUC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) conference met in London on the two days before the Pride demonstration which took place last Saturday.
Several hundred delegates heard Meg Munn, deputy minister for women, say the government has made progress on equality for LGBT people.
However a theme of speeches throughout the conference was that the government is simply not prepared to carry through the equality agenda.
Civil partnership legislation will mean LGBT people can register as partners from December this year. But another new law protecting religious minorities from discrimination in hotels, shops and pubs leaves lesbians and gays out.
LGBT people will be able to register a civil partnership at a council registry office— but they may be banned from having a reception at the same venue.