Wednesday, 15 May 2013

New LGBT Alliance For Cambridge Hospitals Launched By Cambridge MP

A new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Alliance at Cambridge hospitals will be launched on Friday (May 17) by the city’s MP Julian Huppert.  

The launch will be marked by a rainbow balloon race and funds raised will go towards supporting equality and diversity activities at the Cambridge University Hospitals Trust which runs Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Rosie Maternity Unit.  

The event also marks the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.  

Cambridge city has the sixth highest gay population in the UK and the trust is launching the alliance because it recognises that “staff perform best at work when they can be themselves”.  

The trust also says it will help staff to “better understand the needs and expectations of LGBT patients and help identify any barriers they may face when accessing services”.  

Julian said: “I am delighted to be invited to launch this important event and congratulate the trust on forming this new alliance.  

“This alliance will go a long way to fostering acceptance and understanding and encourage staff to work together. It will also be extremely reassuring for patients going into hospital or accessing services to know that they will not face any prejudice.  

“I hope other organisations and companies will follow this lead and promote better understanding and acceptance among their staff.”  

Oonagh Monkhouse, Cambridge University Hospital Trust’s Acting Director of Human Resources, said: “As a trust we take our responsibilities for equality and diversity for both our staff and patients very seriously, and we are delighted that Julian Huppert will be helping us to launch this very important alliance.”