Pride month: June is a time to reflect and celebrate the progress and hard won gains that have been made towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender plus (LGBT+) rights while acknowledging that our work is not done, it is not complete and there is still a long way to go to realise full equality.
In healthcare we know that our LGBT+ patients face inequalities in terms of service access, clinical outcomes and experiences and that our LGBT+ paramedics face inequalities in their lives.
The LGBT+ community still faces unprecedented levels of disadvantage and discrimination. We continue to see homophobia, biphobia and transphobia present in our society, with transphobia taking centre stage at present in the media with devastating impacts for transgender people.
Pride has always been a special time when the whole of the LGBT+ community and allies join together and stand united and steadfast against discrimination. We stand firm in the belief that human rights, equality and respect belong to us all no matter our identity or background.
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions this year, we are unable to get together to celebrate and stand united against discrimination, as is the usual tradition at Pride parades across the country. However, one thing that has not changed is our combined resolve and commitment to fight against all injustices and strive towards a fairer society for all.