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Pedestrian Crossing Given Rainbow Makeover to Support Pride Month

Pedestrian Crossing Given Rainbow Makeover to Support Pride Month

 Date of release: 16 June 2021

A pedestrian crossing at New Cross Hospital has undergone a colourful transformation to celebrate diversity and show support for Pride Month at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.

Rainbow colours have been added to the crossing to show the Trust’s commitment to LGBT+ staff and patients. 

The crossing — near to the entrance to the emergency department — was chosen as a highly visible location.

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From left to right: Mohan Sander, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement Officer, Andrew Dawes, Catering Supervisor, Georgina Stirk, Emergency Department Nurse, Alan Duffel, Chief People Officer, Carl Marshall, Interim Chair of LGBT+ Employee Voice Group

Alan Duffell, Chief People Officer at RWT, said: “It is great to have the LGBT+ rainbow added to our crossing in front of one of New Cross Hospital’s main entrances. It acts as a very powerful visible marker for us as a Trust.

“We are committed to ensuring staff and patients are free from discrimination regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.”

RWT is celebrating Pride Month, which takes place in June, with a range of other activities and information.

The Trust is encouraging staff to sign up for a rainbow badge in order to pledge to play an active part in showing openly that RWT offers open, non-judgemental and inclusive support and care for all, regardless of how people identify themselves. 

Carl Marshall, Interim Chair of LGBT+ Employee Voice Group, said: “We hope that LGBT+ patients who see the badge and identify with it will feel assured, knowing we are supportive. If necessary, badge wearers will be able to offer contact details for a range of external support agencies.” 

The NHS rainbow badge was created by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London, in partnership with Evelina London Children’s Hospital. Badges are handed to NHS staff who have pledged to reduce inequalities and provide support and signposting to LGBT+ people.

This scheme is supported by NHS England, Stonewall (a LGBT+ charity), and GLADD (The Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists). 

Plans are also in place for RWT to take part in Birmingham Pride this year which will take place on September 25th and 26th this year. 

Birmingham Pride held its first event back in 1997. Over the following years, it has become one of the most important LGBT+ festivals in the UK attracting in excess of 40,000 people over the course of the weekend.

RWT, alongside four other NHS Trusts, are putting together an ‘NHS float’ which will be second in the grand procession of floats. By taking part, we hope to recognise our hardworking staff (after 18 months of battling against COVID-19) while also celebrating the rich diversity of our workforce. Staff from each organisation will be in attendance to represent their organisation.

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