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Thursday, 25 June 2020

Trust celebrates LBGT+ Pride Month - Virtual Pride, 26 June 2020

Trust celebrates LBGT+ Pride Month - Virtual Pride, 26 June 2020

NHS colleagues from across the country are being invited to enjoy an unprecedented online celebration of the LGBT+ community this Friday evening. At South West London and St George’s NHS Trust we take pride in supporting our LGBT+ staff and to get involved some of our colleagues will be taking part in the Virtual Pride. Jennifer Allan, Chief Operating Officer, has a message for the NHS first Virtual Pride.

Pride season is the highlight of the LGBT+ calendar, and in previous years, staff march to celebrate who we are, to showcase the NHS as an inclusive employer and diversity champion, and to stand in solidarity with all those who can’t bring their full selves to work yet. ​With Pride events being cancelled this year, NHS England and NHS Improvement’s LGBT+ Staff Network is organising ‘NHS Virtual Pride’ online from 6pm on Friday 26 June 2020.  This celebration has been extended to the whole of the Health Service, for all LGBT+ colleagues and allies.

2020 is the national year of the nurse and midwife, NHS Virtual Pride will be putting the spotlight on LGBT+ nursing and midwifery colleagues as part its celebrations.

Follow their Twitter page @VirtualNHSPride or the Virtual NHS Pride Facebook page to find out how you can watch the event and get involved. Don't forget to use the hashtag #NHSVirtualPride to keep up with the conversation!

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Why does the NHS celebrate Pride?

Significant progress has been made towards LGBT+ equality. However, research and survey evidence demonstrates that: ​

  • LGBT people face considerable barriers to leading happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives​
  • LGBT people face discrimination, bullying, and harassment in education, at work in the media and on the streets​
  • LGBT people face greater inequalities in health satisfaction, access, experience and outcomes​

There will be some fun activities and conversation happening so please follow us on Twitter @RainbowSWLSTG