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Equality, Diversity & Human Rights

Have you spotted our NHS rainbow badges?

You may have seen some of our staff wearing NHS rainbow badges. The badges are just one way to show that the RUH is an open, non-judgemental and inclusive place for people that identify as LGBT+.

LGBT+ stands for lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and the + simply means that we are inclusive of all identities, regardless of how people define themselves.

If you see someone wearing a badge, you can ask them about it. The badge is a reminder that you can talk to our staff about who you are and how you feel. They will do their best to get support for you if you need it.

About the rainbow badges initiative

The Rainbow Badge initiative originated at Evelina London Children's Hospital to make a positive difference by promoting a message of inclusion. Now being adopted widely by many NHS Trusts the RUH are bringing them to Bath.

The RUH places a huge value on equality for both staff and patients. The Trust is opposed to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination and victimisation and expects its staff to treat all patients, visitors and service users with dignity and respect, in a non-discriminatory manner and in accordance with their individual needs.

Increased awareness of the issues surrounding LGBT+ people when accessing healthcare on the part of NHS staff can make significant differences to LGBT+ people's experience, and, in turn on their physical and mental health.

Simple visible symbols, such as the Rainbow Badge, can make a big difference for those unsure of both themselves, and of the reception they will receive if they disclose their sexuality and/or gender identity.

If you want further advice on LGBT+ issues there are plenty of resources available online including:

  • The charity Stonewall have excellent resources to support LGBT+ people
  • The akt provides support for LGBT+ young people who are homeless or living in a hostile home environment

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