This month marks Pride month, a month dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and reflecting upon the progress made towards equality.
Here at BWC, we are proud to have a diverse workforce and are working hard to realise our unified ambition in creating a safe and inclusive environment for all of our staff, patients and families.
Katie Steyn, Co-Chair of the LGBTQ+ Staff Network, said: “This month is Pride month, an important moment to celebrate the progress made towards attaining rights and equality, but also a time to reflect upon the work still to be done.
“The diversity of our BWC community is one of our greatest strengths and we are working hard to ensure our hospitals are somewhere where our staff, patients and families feel comfortable bringing their whole selves.
“Our recently formed LGBTQ+ Staff Network is a safe space for LGBTQ+ colleagues and allies from around the Trust to come together share experiences, facilitate learning, development and allyship.
“Staff members can visit our intranet during this month to view lived experiences of LGBTQ+ role models, educational resources, terms of reference, LGBTQ+ history, how to join our staff networks and much more.”
Don’t forget to also keep an eye out for our rainbow flags this month which will be flying at our Women’s and Children’s hospitals and Parkview Clinic.
Pride flags are meant as a symbol of hope and to demonstrate shared values within the LGBTQ+ community. Each stripe of the ‘rainbow’ is meant to depict diversity and various elements of life.
While visiting our sites you may also notice staff members wearing rainbow badges, not only in June but other months as well.
The Rainbow Badge is an NHS initiative that gives staff a way to show that Birmingham Women’s and Children’s offers open, non-judgemental and inclusive care for patients and their families, who identify at LGBTQ+.
If you’re a member of staff and would like a rainbow badge, simply search ‘rainbow badge’ on the intranet for more information.