LGBT History Month

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13 / 1 / 2016 2.25pm

Celebrating the lives and achievements of the LGBT community

February marks lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) History Month in the UK. The month aims to promote tolerance and raise awareness of the prejudices faced by LGBT communities.

NHS Employers is encouraging organisations to take this opportunity to raise awareness of issues that exist within the workplace and share in the success of trusts that are leading the way with their diversity and inclusion agenda.


Key facts and figures that will help you throughout the month:

In July 2015, Stonewall published a report called Unhealthy Attitudes which found evidence of discrimination and unfair treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff and patients across the health and social care sector.

Similarly, in its publication Sexual Orientation: a guide for the NHS, it was calculated that the approximately 3.3 million people who identify as lesbian, gay and bisexual in England, provide (through their taxes) funding of £6bn a year to the NHS.

An estimated 300,000 - 500,000 people identify themselves within the transgender community in the UK. More than 100,000 NHS employees also identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual.

YouGov research in 2015 revealed 23 per cent of British people chose something other than 100 per cent heterosexual, and 49 per cent among 18-24 year olds, when asked to plot themselves on a sexuality scale. 

The NHS has a rich presence of employee support groups such as:

  • Health with Pride
  • Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists 
  • Royal College of Nursing LGBT staff group 
These groups work with local service user support groups and, more widely, advocate and support organisations such as Stonewall, the Terrence Higgins Trust and the Beaumont Society.

NHS Employers annually supports the LGBT pride events in Leeds and London  read the experience of Oli Gregory a manager at Bromley Healthcare who joined the 2015 parade in London.

Here's some tips and examples of good practice:

In 2015, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust was named as Britain's most gay-friendly workplace in Stonewall's Top 100 Employers list. This was the first time an NHS trust has been named as employer of the year. The trust was commended for its consistent work to support its lesbian, gay and bisexual staff and to communicate and consult with the local community. In 2016 Stonewall announced the trust was awarded Stonewall's Star Performer because of is constant efforts to create inclusive workplaces.

The LGBT 2015/16 caall reers guide includes a feature on the NHS regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the work it has undertaken to foster an inclusive environment for staff from a LGBT background.

A useful online guide Health With Pride, for lesbian, gay and bisexual patients, and the healthcare professionals who serve them, has been developed by NHS Dagenham.

In celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) month, Central North West London (CNWL) published a story about a community psychiatric nurse who has recently transitioned from male to female.

Read about the work of the award winning The Avenue Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender group set up by Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The group has over the past six years developed training and designed posters aimed at combating homophobia.

Similarly, David Brill's article ‘Out at work: being a gay doctor’ provides an insightful look at how life has changed for gay doctors in the UK over the past 20 years

Helen Stevens, head of communications and engagement at the NHS Leadership Academy outlines the importance of role models in her blog.

Dame Julie Moore, Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham and Interim Chief Executive of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust will be the main speaker at the launch the University of Birmingham’s LGBT History Month Celebrations book your place at the launch. 

Lincoln Partnership and United Lincoln Hospitals Partnership Trust has organised a conference entitled 'Everybody equal? Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month Conference’ book your place at Lincoln Partnership. 

Good LGBT Practice in the NHS, the third major publication from the Inclusion Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Project provides information, case studies, examples of good practice and the real experiences of LGBT people who have used NHS services.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has developed a suite of information intended to support staff to ensure that transgender people do not experience discrimination and prejudice in service delivery.

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