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Pride: tackling LGBTQ+ health inequalities

A selection of our work highlighting the challenges the LGBTQ+ community faces in health and care.

One in seven LGBT people (14 per cent) avoid seeking health care for fear of discrimination from staff. And more than a quarter of lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer NHS staff (29 per cent) and three in five trans NHS staff (59 per cent) have experienced harassment, bullying or abuse from their colleagues.

While Pride Month isn’t the only time to talk about LGBTQ+ issues, it’s an important opportunity for us to highlight the health and care issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community and focus our attention on LGBTQ+ voices inside and outside of The King’s Fund. This year, we’ll be marching in the London Pride parade, calling for more awareness of these issues and experiences.

And below is a selection of our work highlighting the challenges the LGBTQ+ community faces in health and care, but also celebrating inspiring initiatives for inclusion and what our colleagues are doing to celebrate Pride.

Our work on LGBTQ+ health issues

Listen to our podcast episode

What we're doing at the Fund

Reading lists

Supporting LGBTQ+ charities

The GSK IMPACT awards recognise charities doing important work to improve people's health and wellbeing. Over the years, a number of the award winners have been charities supporting people from LGBTQ+ communities. 

Find out more about recent winners, Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard, in their video. 

What we're doing

We are on a journey to making The King’s Fund an inclusive place for everyone to work. Earlier this year, we were delighted to receive a Gold Award in Stonewall UK's workplace equality index, ranking 75th in their Top 100 Employers.

Additionally, this year our LGBTQ+ staff network is celebrating its third birthday. The network provides a safe space for LGBTQ+ staff to share experiences and socialise and has also supported the introduction of more inclusive policies. Members from our LGBTQ+ staff network alongside other colleagues will be proudly marching in London’s Pride parade for the second time in July.

When it comes to LGBTQ+ visibility and equality we recognise there’s always more work to be done. Find out more about our diversity and inclusion journey and our work on LGBTQ+ equality at The King’s Fund.

Slogans from our Pride placards in 2023