NTW LGBT+ Network and resources

Information about the Trusts LGBT+ Network and other useful resources.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Every year on 17th May we recognise the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. This day was set up in 2004 to highlight the violence and discrimination faced by those within the LGBT+ community across the world.

According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) there are still 11 countries in the world that have a death penalty for consensual same-sex sexual acts between adults (they break this down into 6 countries using this sanction and 5 where it is possible).

I would encourage you to read the ILGA report on state sponsored homophobia but anticipating you might not have time I would direct you to page 23 which highlights the huge progress that has been made in LGBT+ rights and contrasts this with the parallel rolling back of social justice gains across the world in the past two years. We live in interesting times where some of us are safer and others are less safe than before.

Closer to home, Stonewall (a leading charity on LGBT rights in the UK) produced a report in November 2018 investigating the specific experiences of LGBT people when accessing healthcare services in the UK. Key findings from this report include: Half of LGBT people said they’ve experienced depression in the last year. One in eight LGBT people aged 18-24 (13 per cent) said they’ve attempted to take their own life in the last year. Almost half of trans people (46 per cent) have thought about taking their own life in the last year. Forty-one per cent of non-binary people said they harmed themselves in the last year. One in eight LGBT people (13 per cent) have experienced some form of unequal treatment from healthcare staff because they’re LGBT. One in five LGBT people (19 per cent) aren’t out to any healthcare professional about their sexual orientation when seeking general medical care. This number rises to 40 per cent of bi men and 29 per cent of bi women. One in seven LGBT people (14 per cent) have avoided treatment for fear of discrimination because they’re LGBT. These are issues that are affecting the patients and service users that we work with and the colleagues we work alongside.

The theme for this year’s international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia is “Justice and Protection For All”. There are things you can do to make a change on a local, national and international level. The LGBT+ staff network will have been running for 2 years this month. We would love to hear what you are all doing to help make a change for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Take Action (handily arranged for those with limited time):

30 seconds: Add your pronouns to your email signature so that colleagues now how to address you and to normalise conversations around pronouns to make things easier for colleagues who are transitioning and for those of us whose names are gender neutral e.g. “My pronouns are she/her/hers”.

2 minutes: Sign a petition to challenge human rights abuses such as

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/free-trans-rights-activist-Alejandra?from=issue to free Trans Right Activist Alejandra who has sought asylum in the USA and is currently detained and at risk of being deported back to El Salvador where her life is in danger.

5 minutes: Print off the latest map from the ILGA about Sexual Orientation Laws around the world. Talk about it in your coffee break…are you surprised by anything? https://ilga.org/maps-sexual-orientation-laws

5-20 minutes: Read about the penal code in Brunei (5 mins) and consider writing to your MP asking them to speak out against it (20 mins). https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/brunei-shariah-penal-code-introducing-unspeakably-cruel-punishments-must-be-repealed

30 minutes: Read this BMJ article about how we can adapt our practice to be more inclusive and supportive of LGBT adolescents (0.5 CPD points up for grabs for this) https://www.bmj.com/content/364/bmj.l245.abstract

Consider bringing this to your team meeting to think about how it could be embedded in the service!

30 minutes – 2 hours: Read the Stonewall LGBT in Britain Health Report https://www.stonewall.org.uk/lgbt-britain-health or the ILGA report on State-Sponsored Homophobia https://ilga.org/state-sponsored-homophobia-report

Half a day: Sign up for the LGBT Awareness Training +/- LGBT Allies training through your ESR portal

Social Media: On the day we would like you to tweet your support and or what you committing to do over the next year. Use the hashtags #NTWLGBT and #IDAHOBT or #IDAHOT so that we can all see what we are doing. For example “I stand against Homphobia, Transphobia and Biphobia #NTWLGBT” or “There is no place for Homophobia, Tranphobia or Biphobia in NTW #NTWLGBT” or “I’m going to learn more about LGBT+ rights to improve the experience for patients in NTW #NTWLGBT”

References:

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association: Lucas Ramon Mendos, State-Sponsored Homophobia 2019 (Geneva; ILGA, March 2019).

Stonewall and YouGov: Chaka L Bachmann and Becca Gooch. LGBT in Britain: Health Report. (Stonewall; November 2019)

LGBT+ Network resources

LGBT+ Network Information Leaflet (963kB)

LGBT+ Patient Poster (317kB)

LGBT+ Support for Staff Poster (343kB)

Safe Zone Poster (400kB)

 

Stonewall

Stonewall Top 100 employers 2017 – Stonewall

Training, educating staff about lesbian, gay and bisexual equality – Stonewall

Workplace Equality Index 2018 – Stonewall

Tackling homophobic language – Stonewall

Come out for LGBT – Poster

Other resources

LGBTQ mental health – Mind

Transgender issues and later life – Age Concern

Fundamental facts about mental health 2016 – Mental Health Foundation

Equality Act 2010: What do I need to know? – Government Equalities Office

LGBT Action Plan – Government Equalities Office

Out for sport – Tackling homophobia and transphobia in sport – Equality Network

Preventing Hate Crime – University of Sussex

Pride Matters – a report into the lives of LGBT+ people in the UK – Pride in London

LGB&T mental health – risk and resilience explored report – PACE

Causes and motivations of hate crime – Equality and Human Rights Commission

LGBT Self Destructive Behaviour – Health and Social Care in the Community (2008)