Today (Friday 17 May) is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. This year’s theme is No one left behind: equality, freedom and justice for all.

There is no place at Team BSMHFT for people who choose to be prejudiced against LGBTQ+ people. As a Trust, we choose to be a No Hate Zone. This means that we all need to do whatever we can to counter discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, even when it is unintentional. 

Near 1,000 colleagues have taken the pledge, are an active supporter and proudly wear their pin badge to show solidarity. We also offer Active Bystander and Trans Awareness training to all our colleagues.

One of our five Staff Networks includes the LGBTQ+ Staff Network. As one of the longest running and active networks at the Trust, we encourage both members and allies to join and promote equity, acceptance and inclusion within the Trust. Celebrating events, engendering real change and providing a safe space for LGBTQ+ staff. We are always open to more members and those who wish to learn more.

Meet our Network Chair – Maddy!

“Hi all, I’m Maddy. I’m the current Chair of the LGBTQ+ Staff Network. I work as an Assistant Psychologist at Solihull Early Intervention Service. I love my role and geek out on anything psychology!

As the Chair of the Network, I’m supported by Bethany Gallagher and the EDI team, in chairing meetings, representing the Network at different events and leading on projects involving the network.

Being part of the network has helped me to feel much more connected to other staff members and community members within the Trust. I believe the network creates a safe place for members to speak openly and share difficult experiences, whilst also holding space to celebrate our rich and colourful history. It also acts as a reminder that queer people (and allies) are here and our voices matter!”

Our team of mental health professionals have compiled a list of local and regional organisations that are available to support the mental health and wellbeing needs of LBGTQ+ people in the community. Please see our website for more information.