Tuesday, 18 July 2017

"We’ve come a long way and I’m thankful for that" - reflecting on LGBT Pride Month

As you may be aware, every June is the official LGBT Pride Month in celebration of people of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other gender minorities. 

Celebrations happened around the world and across the UK in commemoration of the Stonewall riots of June 28 1969. This year holds extra significance as the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality between men in England and Wales, which forms the foundation of LGBT equality across the UK.

As a gay man myself, I have taken some time to reflect on how far we’ve come as a society and the progress that has been made, from the persecution and prosecution of men before the 1967 act just for being who they are, moving towards a society where men and women are free to marry their chosen partners and be recognised in law, enjoying equal rights; and a UK Parliament that has 45 openly LGBT MPs.

We’ve come a long way and I’m thankful for that and ask that all of us, no matter our gender, gender identity, preferences or views respect all, treating everyone as equals and enjoy the rich diversity of our work colleagues at Pennine Care.

If you would like to get involved we are supporting Manchester Pride this year, as we do every year.  We also have Equality & Diversity and LGBT Network Groups that also meet regularly, which welcome all staff.

Please contact Michelle England, staff side representative or Kirsty Hood, senior HR business partner, for further details. 

Thank you.

Jose Fernandez
Director of Workforce and Organisational Development

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