The Trust is committed to ensuring the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans (LGBT+) employees and service users are understood and met both in policy and practice.
We have joined Stonewall (LGB charity) to help us to achieve those aims.
I hope that we will be able to establish an LGBT Network within the Trust to provide support for LGBT staff and increase the understanding of LGBT issues. It will be for LGBT staff to determine how the Network will develop.
As LGBT Champion I would like to invite LGBT staff to meet so that I can hear your thoughts and ideas on how to promote LGBT issues in the workplace.
Benefits of a Network could include:
- an opportunity to voice concerns
- provide peer support, for example, mentoring schemes
- provide information on legislation and discrimination issues
- organise social events
- raise the profile of LGBT issues
- hold information sharing events
- invite external speakers
- provide advice on legislation
- provide an annual report to the Equality and Diversity Steering Group
- set up systems for consulting LGBT staff
- promote ASPH as a leader in LGBT equality
It is important that LGBT employees feel comfortable at work and I believe that setting up a LGBT Network will help us achieve our aim of a safe and inclusive working environment in which every individual can reach their full potential without fear of discrimination.
As LGBT Champion I want to hear your ideas to help us achieve this aim.
Sexual Orientation Data 2017/18
- Data shows that 1.5% of our workforce is gay, lesbian or bi-sexual (LGB). This compares to the Office for National Statistics estimate that 2% of the population identify themselves as being LGB.
- 699 (18.4%) staff members did not wish to disclose this information (compared to 27% in 2015/6 and 21% in 2016/17). This shows an increase in the number of staff members willing to disclose this information.
|Sexual Orientation||Count of FTE|
|I do not wish to disclose my sexual orientation||18.4%|