A sign of support
The BMJ included an opinion piece by Dr Michael Farquhar, consultant in sleep medicine at Evelina London. He says NHS staff are in a perfect position to be advocates for LGBT+ people when they most need it.
Dr Farquhar spoke about the Evelina London Children’s Hospital Rainbow NHS Badge project, which was funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. The badge is an NHS logo superimposed on the rainbow pride flag, worn on NHS staff lanyards or uniforms.
It’s intended to send a strong message: 'you can talk to me', without fear of judgment or discrimination, about sexuality or gender identity. The badges reinforce that our hospital is a place of inclusion.