June is Pride month, and is celebrated across the world by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) people and their allies. This month of celebrations, which remains a little different in the current COVID climate, aims to improve the attitudes of society and encourage inclusiveness. Raising awareness of the challenges LGBTQI+ people still face in the world today is a key element of Pride Month, with many educational messages at the heart of this important awareness month.
We, as an organisation, are proud to celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQI+ community and are committed to creating, and maintaining, an inclusive culture in our organisation where everyone feels safe to be themselves. We stand together against discrimination.
The organisation has an LGBTQI+ Staff Network which provides a welcoming and supportive peer network of colleagues who identify as part of the LGBTQI+ community. The group has the ability to steer, support, lead, champion and celebrate LGBTQI+ focused work being undertaken across the organisation.
Every June, TALKWORKS goes out in to the community attending Pride and diversity events across Devon. The team is there to offer support to those LGBTQI+ people who may suffer from depression or anxiety and may be too afraid to come forward for help and advice. Due to COVID, attendance of local events continues to be difficult, however, TALKWORKS remain committed to the LGBTQI+ community and welcomes referrals from those in need.
In 2019, our LGBTQI+ Staff Network led the implementation of the NHS Rainbow Badge Initiative. The initiative aims to demonstrate that we are an open, non-judgemental and inclusive place for people who identify as LGBTQI+, their families and carers and also aims to make a positive difference by promoting a message of inclusion.
We are excited to announce that we have been confirmed as a member of the phase two pilot of the Rainbow Badge initiative, which will be progressing over the coming weeks and months.