IT’S OKAY TO BE GAY

Rainbow show over-arching support for LGBT by healthcare community

The Royal Hospital for Children paediatric clinical psychology team proudly wearing their rainbow lanyards, and Dumbarton, Clydebank and Vale of Leven health centres.

By Lizzie Healey

If you’ve noticed health board staff wearing brightly multi-coloured lanyards when you visit a hospital or local health and social care centre, you might be wondering what it’s all about.

Thousands of NHSGGC staff have now switched to rainbow lanyards in support of their Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transgender (LGBT+) community.

A recent report for Stonewall Scotland highlighted one in four LGBT people have witnessed discriminatory or negative remarks against LGBT people by healthcare staff. Almost two in five trans people have avoided healthcare treatment for fear of discrimination and one in four LGBT people have experienced healthcare staff having a lack of understanding of specific lesbian, gay and bi health needs.

Nearly 60% of trans people have experienced healthcare staff having a lack of understanding of specific trans health needs.

Our Go Rainbow! campaign has been launched in response to this to help reassure LGBT+ people that our services and workplaces are truly supportive and inclusive.

“Fear of prejudice and discrimination is stopping many people in the LGBT+ community from accessing the services they need,” said Alastair Low of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Equality & Human Rights Team.

“By wearing a rainbow lanyard, staff demonstrate solidarity with LGBT+ rights and remind everyone that NHSGGC operates a zero tolerance approach to homophobia, bi-phobia or transphobia.

“The staff response to the campaign has been tremendous, with over 10,000 rainbow lanyards now being worn by health and social care staff.”

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