SOLIDARITY with the LGBT+ community is on display at Rotherham Hospital with the gay pride flag flying above the site to coincide with this weekend’s virtual Pride.
Staff are also supporting the NHS Rainbow Badge scheme to show that the trust offers open, non-judgemental and inclusive care for patients and their families.
Staff who have completed LGBT+ awareness training sessions and signed a pledge are awarded the badge.
The trust timed the launch of the badge to coincide with this Saturday’s Rotherham Pride virtual festival.
Emily Wraw, head of equality, diversity and inclusion at the trust, said: “There is still a lot of stigma talking about LGBT+ issues, particularly LGBT+ related health issues.
“We want to show that we are an inclusive trust where people can bring their whole selves when coming to work or accessing our services.
“The badges act as a reminder that you can talk to our staff about who you are and how you feel, and will do their best to support you if you need it.”
Over recent months, rainbows have been widely used to represent hope in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, but these should not be confused with the LGBT+ rainbow flag and what it represents.
Trust chief executive Dr Richard Jenkins said: “The scheme is one of the ways we are working to become more inclusive and shows we don’t tolerate discrimination.”
The borough’s virtual celebration will feature music performances and workshops from 12pm on Facebook Live, search Rotherham Pride.