NHS England and NHS Improvement’s (NHSEI) LGBTQ+ Staff Network is holding NHS Virtual Pride on Friday 26 June, the day before Global Pride 2020.
Pride season is the highlight of the LGBTQ+ calendar and with Pride events being cancelled this year due to COVID-19, NHSEI are extending this celebration to the whole of the NHS, all NHS LGBTQ+ staff networks and all LGBTQ+ NHS staff and allies.
Significant progress has been made towards LGBTQ+ equality. However, research evidence demonstrates that LGBTQ+ people face:
- considerable barriers to leading happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives
- discrimination, bullying, and harassment in education, at work and on the streets
- greater inequalities in health satisfaction, access, experience and outcomes.
2020 is the national year of the nurse and midwife, NHS Virtual Pride will be putting the spotlight on LGBTQ+ nursing and midwifery colleagues as part its celebrations.
NHS staff and organisations are encouraged to participate in NHS Virtual Pride, activities could include social media campaigns, recording video messages and hosting webinars by LGBTQ+ colleagues, and sharing information about what their organisation is doing to support LGBTQ+ staff and patients.
There will be conversations taking place throughout the day on Twitter using #NHSVirtualPride, followed by an evening show which starts at 6pm.
To find out more information please follow @VirtualNHSPride on Twitter and use #NHSVirtualPride.
Contact Vicky.email@example.com at NHSEI for more information.