SWBH staff march with Pride for equality and diversity

The LGBT staff network and allies from across our organisation took part in the Birmingham Pride march over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Around 40 members of staff took part either by marching with the network or as part of other organisations. Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust joined with seven other health care organisations making up the largest walking contingent within this year’s parade.

As part of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations the organisers of Birmingham Pride asked that staff members from across the NHS joined together to carry the 25 foot long Rainbow Pride flag.

“It was a fantastic site to see people from many specialities and disciples within the health care sector gather to celebrate the LGBT+ community,” said Stuart Young, Chair of the LGBT staff network.

“The theme of this year’s event was ‘Be You’. In the current climate, minority groups and communities are working hard against attempts to be marginalised by the mainstream. Across the wider world, people of all colours, gender, sexual identities and sexuality are ‘finding their voice’ and speaking out against the turning back of pro-LGBT legislation.

“Having colleagues from across our organisation both members of the LGBT+ community and our allies has helped us to celebrate the right for everyone to be who they are, to feel comfortable to express it, and celebrate individuality to truly celebrate the diversity of our workplace and be inclusive of the communities we deliver care to.”

Starting 21 years ago with a procession along New Street and around Birmingham City Centre, Birmingham Pride is now the UK’s biggest two-day LGBT event. It is also one of the City’s biggest street parties, attracting around 75,000 people a year.