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Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Stonewall 50th Anniversary

Stonewall 50th Anniversary

The Stonewall riots, also called Stonewall uprising, were a series of violent confrontations that began in the early hours of June 28, 1969, between police and gay rights activists outside the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City.

Stonewall soon became a symbol of resistance to social and political discrimination that would inspire solidarity between those who identify as LGBTQ and their allies  for decades. The Stonewall riots cannot be said to have initiated the gay rights movement as such, it did serve as a catalyst for a new generation of political activism.

In 2018, Stonewall published a report with YouGov called LGBT in Britain: Health Report. The research revealed more than a third of LGBT staff -35% have hidden they are LGBT at work and almost one in five LGBT employees -18% have been the target of negative comments from colleagues because of their identity.

The research found nearly a quarter of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people in Britain have witnessed NHS staff making negative remarks about LGBT people while seeking care.

Public Health England's Chief Nurse has published a blog on the role that nurses can play in addressing the mental and physical health inequalities faced by the LGBT community. Within the Trust, all clinical teams undertake an annual assessment of how accessible and effective their teams are in providing care to patients of all protected characteristics, using the Equality Delivery System (EDS2).

Evidence also shows that LGBT staff face disproportionately high levels of discrimination, bullying and harassment within the workplace. We know from our own staff survey results that bullying and harassment continues to be an issue, and are committed to addressing this throughout 2019/20.

The Trust is a member of Stonewalls  Diversity Champion programme  and this year we have submitted an entry for the Workplace Equality Index. to ascertain areas where we could improve to make The Trusts a more inclusive environment for those identifying as LGBT.

(Stonewall is Britain’s leading best-practice employers’ forum for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT).

As part of the Trusts  broader commitment to celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion, we are working hard with our LGBTQIA+ staff network, Equality Leads and Equality Diversity Committee  to ensure policies, trust facilities, and public spaces are inclusive.

Special Event at Springfield Hospital Stonewall Riots   – 28 June 2019

South West London and St Georges Mental Health Trust held an event on the 28 June 2019  which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. This event was organised by the Trust’s Equality and Diversity Leads, the LGBT Staff Network and the Diversity Manager. The event featured a small exhibition that covered the key milestones of LGBT history. This event was open to both staff and key stakeholders Circa 50 members of staff attended the event. The key highlights of the event included:

  • Hearing about the history of the Stonewall Riots June 28 1969
  • Profiling different perspectives on the LGBTQ+ identity with a diverse range of speakers. Click here to see video shown at the event of  two of our staff , Kat Sleigh CBT Therapist in Access Child and Youth Mental Health Service and David Waldron , Ward Clerk, Acute and Urgent Care
  • Raising awareness of Transgender Service experience in the NHS
  • Finding out more about “The changing status of the LGBTQ+ community through the ages” presented by – Andrew Johnstone MA, FHEA (PhD Researcher, King’s College London)
  • Awards presented to Frank Didymus and Hannah Spreadbury- Troy for their commitment to creating greater awareness of LGBT+ best practice at the Trust.