NHS Launch First Virtual Pride Event For Staff And Allies

The NHS England and NHS Improvement Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) network are organising ‘NHS Virtual Pride’, an online event on the evening of Friday 26 June, to recognise all of our LGBT colleagues and allies working across the NHS.

To mark the time of year when thousands of people would ordinarily be gearing up for Pride season, the highlight of the LGBT+ calendar, NHS England is hosting its first-ever ‘Virtual Pride’ to celebrate and involve all of its LGBT+ staff and their allies, and have extended the invite to the whole of the NHS.

Vicky Adamczyk, Chair of the LGBT+ Staff Network, NHS England and NHS Improvement, said: “This year is unique as we know, with all our NHS people working incredibly hard in challenging circumstances in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and we are doing as much as we can as a staff network to provide additional support.

“We’re especially conscious that for some LGBT+ individuals, being at home is not always a happy or safe place to be themselves, which is why it is so important we continue to create inclusive work environments and networks for LGBT+ staff and allies.”

All LGBT+ staff and allies are welcomed to the event, which is being run on a voluntary basis and is in addition to modified local celebrations across the country.

Previous years have seen NHS staff have join in Pride marches across the country to celebrate who they are, to showcase the NHS as Europe’s biggest employer of LGBT+ staff, and to stand in solidarity with all those who still face discrimination or feel unable to be open about their sexuality or gender expression at home or at work.

The event will be opened by the NHS’s chief people officer, and feature music, poetry, DJs, comedy and video messages of support from some familiar faces, and our own NHS People.

To get involved in the lead up to NHS Virtual Pride please follow @VirtualNHSPride or head to facebook.com/VirtualNHSPride, and use the hashtag #NHSVirtualPride to join the conversation.

Friday’s event will begin at 6.00pm.