Date of release: 3 February 2021
The month of February is LGBT+ History Month – a period to raise awareness and advance education on matters affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender+ (LGBT+) people.
The campaign provides an opportunity to reflect on how far we've come in supporting the rights of LGBT+ people, both nationally and within our own organisation, but to also think about how far we still have to go to ensure equality between people of all sexual orientations and genders.
Here at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) we will be launching a brand new internal webpage, dedicated to both the history month campaign and to wider LGBT+ resources, including information about the Trust’s LGBT+ Employee Voice Group, guidance for managers and details of upcoming virtual events.
Staff can look out for this new page when it launches on Wednesday, February 3rd in the Trust Brief email bulletin.
We will most certainly be reaching out to staff to feedback on the page and to submit their ideas (either named or anonymously) on what we could do as a Trust to ensure all LGBT+ staff feel valued and understood.
Balvinder Everitt, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), said: “We hope that by promoting LGBT+ History Month and launching this new resource, staff will be encouraged to celebrate their own individual identities, to reflect on the past and to think about how we can keep moving forward.
“We know there is still much work to be done; we don’t expect to be able to address the challenges without an insight into what the issues are and what our staff feel to be missing; I would therefore encourage teams to take a look through the pages and to get in touch.”
Our Chief People Officer, Allan Duffell, added: “We welcome the celebration of LGBT+ History Month this year and recognise the importance that inclusion plays for how we perform as a Trust and realise our values – particularly when we think about being ‘Kind and Caring’.
“We particularly welcome this year’s theme of ‘allyship’ and how we can all play a role in supporting our LGBT+ colleagues. I would encourage staff to make good use of the resources shared on this new web page; learning more about what it means to be an ally and how we can all do our bit to help staff feel comfortable in themselves.”
Given the current pressures on our services as a result of COVID-19, we understand it may be difficult for staff to celebrate the campaign properly, however those who are celebrating in their own way should tag us in their photos on social media using the handle @RWT_NHS; whether you are working from home and are wearing the rainbow colours or on-site and displaying a poster in your area – we want to know!
Follow all other features on the intranet and by searching @RWT_NHS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
We look forward to sharing the web page with you all.