Transgender and non-binary statement

Over recent months the public debate around transgender and non-binary rights has become more intense.

As an inclusive organisation who values the contribution of people from a wide range of backgrounds, we are issuing this statement of support for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBT+) colleagues, patients and communities.

Our values and policies clearly highlight that we have a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination, victimisation or harassment based on a person’s gender identity and other protected characteristics.

Evidence suggests that for trans and non-binary people the stress and emotional demands associated with supressing who they are – because it may not conform to society’s norms regarding gender – can be exhausting. It can be very difficult if you are not able to be yourself in the workplace and in public. This can significantly impact on peoples’ health.

Trans and non-binary people often experience stigma and discrimination, hostility, and pressure to conform to society’s expectations of gender. Such experiences can have devastating consequences. Research (Pollock, 2015) has found that 94% of respondents had experienced suicidal tendencies. A Stonewall Scotland report in 2012 found that 84% of respondents had contemplated suicide at some point in their life and over 48% had made at least one attempt.

We know that issues of rights, identity and belief are complex. We understand and respect that there can be differences between assigned sex and gender identity and expression.

It is crucial that everyone, including trans and non-binary colleagues and patients, feel respected and safe.

We all have a role in ensuring that everyone is treated with dignity, respect and compassion.

Over the last year we have invited trans and LGBT+ people into our organisation to help to educate our staff and improve their understanding through our Living Library project as well as during key events such as LGBT history month. We encourage colleagues to take part in these sessions so they can learn and better understand how they can support others.

We know that many LGBT+ communities experience poorer healthcare outcomes which is why it is vital that we maintain the trust and confidence to deliver the best service we can, help to tackle health inequalities and improve the experience for both patients and staff.

Please continue to be a good ally and help ensure our workplace and services are respectful, kind, fair and inclusive.


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