Equality and Diversity is central to the Work of the NHS and Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), we believe that everyone should be offered the same care and opportunities, and no one should be treated differently or discriminated against because of their characteristics. We also believe that we should take account of and celebrate people’s differences and learn from each other.
We want everyone to feel safe, a part of our community and be proud of who they are – no matter whether they are staff, patients or public.
We are proud to honour LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, bisexual, transgender, plus) History Month this February, an initiative launched by ‘Schools OUT UK’ in 2005 which focuses on the celebration and recognition of LGBT+ people and culture, past and present.
This month we are all encouraged to look back at how far we have come to overcome discrimination, raise awareness and educate ourselves on matters that still affect the LGBT+ community.
This year’s theme for LGBT+ history month is ‘Body, Mind and Spirit’ and it is intended to raise awareness of, and combat prejudice against the LGBT+ community while celebrating its achievement and diversity and making it more visible.
I would particularly like to highlight the struggle that many people in our LGBT+ communities face and encourage everyone to be kind, tolerant and support those who are struggling. Living through the pandemic and another lockdown is isolating for most people, but people from the LGBT+ community often share stories that they have faced isolation and felt very lonely way before the pandemic hit.
The NHS website has a dedicated page with lots of links to organisations who offer mental health advice, support and services for LGBT people. Please talk and seek support if you are struggling with your mental health.
The LGBT+ History month website has an array of educational materials including: videos, presentations, webinars, external resources, videos, links to social media pages, promotional materials and many more resources. Additionally, Stonewall have provided lesson packs and home education material for children from reception age to Post-16.
You can also find out further information, access support and join online events by visiting the LGBT foundation web page.
Locally Doncaster Pride offer advice and support for our LGBTQ+ community and are continuing to plan events for 2021 despite the current pandemic situation, further information can be found on their website.
Make the most of the LGBT+ History month; learn more, celebrate and support one another.
LGBT+ History Month: Website
LGBT+ History Month: Resource Pack
LGBT+ History Month: Events Calendar
Schools Out: Education Pack
Doncaster Pride: Website