Wearing a rainbow badge is a way for us to show that this is an open, non-judgemental, and inclusive place for people who identify as LGBT+.
Listening to you
It means you can be open about who you are, however you identify, and how you feel, without judgement or worry about being judged.
It means that we’re a friendly ear, and that you can talk us about anything that affects your health and well-being. And if we can’t help you there and then, we’ll try our best to point you in the right direction.
We’re encouraging all our staff to take our pledge and to wear their rainbow badge with pride.
We know that speaking up can be difficult, but we expect all our staff to act with our HEART values in mind. Our HEART values, combined with our pledge, mean that you should feel able to speak up if something goes wrong or if you feel you’ve been treated unfairly.
We’re here to listen, not judge.
What does LGBT+ stand for?
LGBT+ stands for lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and the + simply means that we are inclusive of all identities, regardless of how people define themselves.
Sometimes, you might see it in different forms or with different letters, but the message is the same: inclusivity and acceptance.
About the rainbow badge
A survey by Stonewall published in 2018 showed that patients who identify as LGBT+ face inequalities in their experience of NHS healthcare:
- One in five LGBT+ people do not disclose their sexual orientation when seeking general medical care
- One in seven LGBT people have avoided treatment for fear of discrimination
We think this is unacceptable, and everyone who works for the NHS has a key role in making things better.
This is where the Rainbow Badge initiative comes in. It originated at Evelina London Children's Hospital with a message to promote inclusion and openness.