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Supporting our LGBT+ communities

Here in mid Essex we aim to promote inclusivity, compassion, sensitivity and kindness towards patients, carers and relatives, and colleagues no matter what their sexual orientation or gender preference and are proud to be playing our part in reducing health inequalities for our LGBT+ population.

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

We know that:

  • 1 in 7 LGBT people avoid seeking healthcare for fear of discrimination from staff
  • 1 in 5 LGBT patients report that their sexual orientation is a factor in delaying asking for help
  • 1 in 4 LGBT people are not out to health professionals.
  • LGB patients are twice as likely to report ‘no trust or confidence’ in their GP.
  • 3 in 4 trans people have been called the wrong name or pronoun by a health professional
  • Over half of trans people feel they need to pretend to be non-trans with health professionals
  • If LGBT people have experienced discrimination, their fear of further discrimination will often prevent them from speaking out.

To help tackle some of these inequalties we are are working in partnership with the LGBT Foundation to roll the Pride in Practice support initiative across mid Essex. The initiative includes a wide range of support including awareness training, support around connecting GP surgeries with their LGBT community and promoting cancer screening etc for this group.

Read more about Pride in Practice.

Support for LGBT+ community in Essex

Outhouse East is a registered charity seeking to offer support and information to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people of Essex. Based in Colchester Town Centre, they provide a range of services and groups free of charge. Find out more by visiting their website