Pride Month and Global Pride Day, June 2020
Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in #ProudofDPT, News on 25th June, 2020
For many years, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI+) people across the world have celebrated Pride during the month of June. Pride Month marks the start of significant change within the LGBTI+ community and aims to raise awareness of the challenges LGBTI+ people face, improve the attitudes of society and encourage inclusiveness. In addition to this, 27 June marks Global Pride Day
During Pride Month, communities are seen to come together in celebration and recognise the influence LGBTI+ people have had around the world by holding various events. These events often include parades, street parties, community events, street festivals and educational sessions.
This year, the presence of COVID-19 has unfortunately meant that usual Pride celebrations cannot take place. This however does not mean than we cannot continue to celebrate Pride, just in a different way, protecting the safety of our communities.
Recent events across the world demonstrate that now, more than ever, we need to come together and celebrate everyone’s diversity and individuality.
We, as an organisation, are proud to celebrate the diversity of the LGBTI+ community and are committed to creating and maintaining a culture in our organisation where everyone feels safe to be themselves. We stand together against discrimination.
To celebrate Pride Month 2020, we have collated a range of information including Pride history, the impact of COVID-19 on people who identify as LGBTI+, educational resources, service updates and the words from an LGBTI+ Staff Network member.
Last summer TALKWORKS enjoyed attending a number of Pride and diversity events across Devon. It is sad and disappointing that this isn’t possible this year due to COVID-19. In recognition of Pride month TALKWORKS has been sharing information about the meaning of Pride, and raising awareness of the importance of this annual celebration.
We know from research that people from the LGBTI+ community are more likely to experience mental health difficulties, and a recent survey conducted by the LGBT Foundation exploring the impact of COVID-19, has found that 42% of respondents would like to access support for their mental health at this time, and 25% would like to reduce their social isolation. TALKWORKS continues to be open to referrals offering evidence based treatment for people experiencing depression and anxiety. We welcome referrals from the LGBTI+ community.
LGBTI+ Staff Network
We are proud to have an active LGBTI+ Staff Network within our organisation which offers a safe and confidential forum for staff who identify at LGBTI+. The Network enables members to share peer support with other LGBTI+ colleagues and aims to create a safe working environment for LGBTI+ staff by contributing to key workstreams and initiatives.
In 2019, our LGBTI+ 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 LGBTI+, their families and carers and we also aim to make a positive difference by promoting a message of inclusion.
Information and resources
- The LGBTQ+ Staff Network at NHS England and NHS Improvement is holding NHS Virtual Pride on Friday 26 June. More information regarding NHS Virtual Pride can be found on the NHS Employers website, here.
- On 27 June, Global Pride 2020 are streaming 24 hours of content that reflects and celebrates the diversity of LGBTI+ people everywhere. More information regarding this celebration can be found on the Global Pride 2020 website, here.
- On 26 June, the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) are hosting an LGBTQ+ Healthcare webinar that will look at the inequalities experienced by LGBTQ+ people, and what can be done to tackle them. More information regarding this webinar can be found on the RSM website, here.
- Exeter Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery (RAMM) recognise that LGBTQ+ people often feel alienated from heritage sites and are collaborating in an 18 month project, Queering the Museum: Creating, Uncovering and Sharing LGBTQ+ History. The project aims to empower LGBTQ+ people in the South West and promote a wider understanding of LGBTQ+ history and politics, by sharing a range of LGBTQ+ heritage. More information regarding this project can be found on the RAMM website, here.