What is the LGBT+ staff network?
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans + staff network exists to support LGBT+ staff working in the CCG. It provides a platform for LGBT+ colleagues to meet, discuss and share their experience working in the CCG and working to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues at work and tackle any concerns that LGBT+ staff may have.
The LGBT+ network is one of three networks within NCL CCG. The LGBT+ network has close links to the BAME and disability networks as we understand that people’s needs and experiences may need support from more than one network.
For more information and to keep up to date with the network, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
LGBT+ colleagues – get involved!
Get in touch about joining the network meeting, to give feedback on your experience working at the CCG, share ideas and things you’d like the network to focus on: email@example.com
For everyone – here’s how you can support your LGBT+ colleagues and NCL residents
Confused about acronyms and language?
Stonewall has published a glossary of LGBT terminology, and GLAAD has produced an (American-leaning but still useful) guide to talking about LGBT+ issues. And ask if you’ve got questions – firstname.lastname@example.org
Read up on LGBT+ health inequalities, and ways commissioners can support change:
- LGBT health in Britain – Stonewall
- LGBT+ health inequalities – NHS England
- LGBT resources for health professionals – London Friend
Share your pronouns to raise awareness of diverse gender identities.
Share your pronouns to raise awareness of diverse gender identities
What are pronouns?
Pronouns are used in a language all the time when we refer to ourselves or other people. The vast majority of people go by the pronouns “he/him” or “she/her”. A small but increasing number of people prefer to use “they/them” or other non-gendered pronouns. This might be because they don’t want to go by pronouns with a gender associated or identify as non-binary or trans, and don’t want to be associated as either male or female.
Examples of pronouns you might use to refer to others are:
- he / him / his – for someone who identifies as male.
- she / her / hers – for someone who identifies as female.
- they / them / their or ze / zir / zie – for someone who might not identify strictly as male or female, these pronouns are considered ‘gender-neutral’.
Why is this important?
Whether we realise it or not, we often make assumptions about people’s gender based on their appearance or name. These assumptions aren’t always correct and might lead to people feeling hurt or unwelcome in the workplace. Knowing and using someone’s correct personal pronouns is a way to respect and create an inclusive environment where all colleagues are welcome to express their own identities at work.
For some people, sharing their gender identity and preferred pronouns with others might feel intimidating, especially if they think they won’t be fully understood or that colleagues won’t use their preferred pronouns when speaking to or about them. By asking all colleagues to be open and respectful, and sharing their pronouns, we create a working environment where everyone can feel comfortable.
What can I do to support my colleagues?
The simplest thing you can do is share your pronouns and encourage others to do the same. Adopting this practice in our organisation will help to:
- Avoid misgendering staff which can be hurtful for trans and non-binary people, but also embarrassing for people who don’t identify as trans or non-binary,
- Show support to our trans and non-binary staff in expressing the pronouns that they would like people to use,
- Normalise discussions on gender identity within the workplace and wider health and social care services.
You can do this in several easy ways:
- When introducing yourself to colleagues for the first time
- When using name badges or labels at events
- In your email signature (e.g. Florence Nightingale (She / Her)
To learn more about gender identity and pronouns, use the resources listed above, or click here for further information on pronouns.
London organisations and LGBT+
There are many LGBT+ specific welfare organisations and charities that work with people in London.
- Albert Kennedy Trust– Provides housing support, mentoring, information and advice to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people under the age of 25 who are homeless, living in a hostile environment or in crisis.
- Terrence Higgins Trust– The UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity. People living with HIV in the UK and aged 18 or over are eligible for their free online counselling and emotional support service.
- Body & Soul – Body & Soul is an innovative charity that uses a comprehensive, community-based and trauma informed approach to address the life-threatening effects of childhood adversity in people of all ages.
- Galop – A London-based charity supporting LGBT+ victims of domestic abuse, hate crimes or sexual violence
- Gendered Intelligence– Gendered Intelligence is a trans led charity who work with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives; they particularly specialise in supporting young trans people aged 8-25.
- LGBT Switchboard– A helpline that provides information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual and trans people – and anyone considering issues around their sexuality and/or gender identity.
- London Friend – a mental health and wellbeing charity for LGBT people
- Opening Doors London – The UK’s largest charity helping connect LGBTQ+ people over 50 with activities, events, support and information.
- Stonewall Housing – Provides supported accommodation for young LGBT people and offer housing advice and support to LGBT people.
- Forum+ is an independent charity working to improve the lives of LGBT in Camden, Islington and the surrounding boroughs, including providing social activities and support for victims of hate crime and discrimination.
- Enfield LGBT Network– The Enfield LGBT Network is a consortium of voluntary and statutory sector organisations as well individuals that live and/or work in the borough of Enfield.
- Wise Friends– Wise Thoughts runs a peer to peer befriending service for LGBTI+ people who may be feeling isolated or lonely. We aim to create fun, new opportunities for social interaction for those looking to build their confidence, feel more part of the community or just meet new people.
- Outlook– Outcome is the LGBT+ service of Islington Mind. Their aim is to provide a sanctuary for LGBT+ people, somewhere safe where they can be themselves, socialise free from discrimination and access mental health support.
LGBT+ History Month
February is LGBT+ History Month. This year’s national theme ‘The Arc is Long’ was inspired by a Martin Luther King quote: ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.’ The quote is thought to mean that although it is taking a long time, we are moving towards social justice and fairness.
The month provided a period of reflection, as throughout the pandemic, LGBTQ+ people have faced a unique set of health challenges, including increased isolation, and prolonged exposure to hostile environments.
To honour LGBT+ History Month, we shared informative articles in our staff newsletter during the month:
The NCL Diversity and Inclusion Book & Film Club
The NCL Diversity and Inclusion Book & Film Club has been meeting on a monthly basis since December 2020. A book and film are discussed each month and the facilitator then disseminates a summary of what was discussed.
NCL Diversity and Inclusion Book & Film Club dates 2021/2022:
- Friday 25 March 2022 at 11.30am – 12.15pm
Summaries from previous book and film club meetings:
Please contact Angela O’Shea, NCL BAME Vice-Chair, if you would like to join the NCL Diversity and Inclusion Book & Film Club. Contact details: email@example.com