Flying the flag for Pride

Staff at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW), a provider of mental health and disability services, which includes a regional Gender Dysphoria service, are showing their support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community by flying a rainbow flag at St Nicholas Hospital in Newcastle.

The flag will be flown during Newcastle Pride 2016, a three day celebration which will take place from Friday, July 15 to Sunday, July 17 and will carry the slogan ‘Be yourself, change the world!’ It will be the third time the event has run over three consecutive days.

We seek to challenge the impact of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, and work to help reduce significant health inequalities faced by LGBT people. We want to be a Trust where we ensure that LGBT people’s voices are heard and that those voices influence and shape how we deliver services and how we operate as a workforce.

Christopher RowlandsEquality at Diversity Lead at NTW

Staff are proud to support Northern Pride in their mission to reduce homophobia, promote awareness of equality and unite LGBT communities across the region.

Unison and the other trade union movements in staff side are committed to the fight for equality and to challenging homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, not just in the workplace but throughout society. Unison has been at the forefront of many campaigns that seek to challenge the discrimination and isolation that can sometimes face those in the LGBT community. We are pleased to be working in partnership with NTW to move their equality agenda forward ensuring positive outcomes for both staff and service users; to support the LBGT community and in the ‘flying the flag for PRIDE’ event.

Tanya PretswellNTW Staff Side Secretary from Unison

Staff from the Trust’s recruitment team will be attending Newcastle Pride to promote the Trust as a great place to work as well as highlighting their work in equality and diversity. Staff from the Trust’s patient information service will also be available offering a range of free mental health self-help guides.