Published: Thursday, May 17th, 2012

National Hospital flies the rainbow flag against homophobia


17thMay2012.jpgThe Golden Jubilee National Hospital (part of the NHS National Waiting Times Centre) took a stand against prejudice today (Thursday 17 May 2012) as it raised a rainbow-coloured flag on International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO).


A symbol of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT equality), the flag was raised by Chair Jeane Freeman, Chief Executive Jill Young, and one of the Board’s Sexual Orientation leads, Jane Christie.


This demonstration of commitment to improving services for LGBT patients, service users and staff comes as no surprise from the organisation which was ranked the best Scottish NHS Board in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index earlier this year – a measure of how an organisation meets the needs of LGBT staff and service users.


Speaking after the flag was raised, Jeane Freeman said: “We feel very strongly that everyone who comes into contact with our services – be they staff, patients or guests – feel welcome, safe and supported. Not only did we raise the rainbow flag here today, we have helped raise awareness of this important issue and further highlighted the need to promote equality and eliminate discrimination.”


Jane Christie added: “We are proud to support IDAHO and particularly the 2012 initiative which is to fight homophobia and transphobia through education. Today’s demonstration is part of our ongoing commitment to improving our staff and patients’ experience across all areas of diversity. We believe that by working with local community groups such as the West Dunbartonshire LGBT network we can improve the experiences of local LGBT people, as well as those who visit and work in Golden Jubilee and Beardmore”.


Picture shows (from left): Jill Young, Chief Executive, Jeane Freeman, Chair, and Jane Christie, Board Sexual Orientation Lead.

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