At the College we take a proactive approach in creating equal rights for LGBTQ+ communities. 

Here at the College we have been proactive in creating equality for all. The College, with the support of staff and members, has taken actions to create a safer and more inclusive environment for our staff and in our organisation as a whole. Some of the key changes included installing gender-neutral toilets at the Prescot Street College building and publishing the College’s position statement Supporting transgender and gender-diverse people in 2018.

Our Rainbow Special Interest Group (SIG) aims to promote and research the mental health of LGBTQ+ people as well as supporting and advocating for LGBTQ+ mental health professionals. The SIG was created in 2001 and the remit of the group has expanded over the years to include issues related to gender identity.

Findings of our LGBTQ+ survey

In January 2022, we carried out a ground-breaking survey of College members, focusing on LGBTQ+ topics.


This survey revealed worrying levels of discrimination, with one in two psychiatrists experiencing hostility at work because of their sexuality or gender identity.

Celebrating Pride 2021

At the College, we celebrate Pride Month to commemorate and celebrate LGBTQ+ voices, activism and to show our support of LGBTQ+ rights. Pride month is about teaching tolerance, education in pride history and continuing to move equality forwards, something that we at the College continue to strive to do.

Read more about how we celebrated Pride in 2021 and see the blog posts at the bottom of this page which were updated throughout Pride Month.

We are not only supporting the LGBTQ+ community, but are also working on creating positive changes in all our practices within the College, and for our members all patients and carers.


To celebrate Pride 2021, we spoke to Dr Sarah Stansfeld and Lesley Fraser about gay conversion therapy and active steps the government could take to support the LGBTQ+ community.

We also speak to two experts about eating disorders, OCD and ADHD as well as the experience of childhood bullying for being gay.

Pride 2020

Unfortunately, many of our planned 2020 Pride events did not take place due to the pandemic, however, we still celebrated with five amazing video interviews:

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The College is proud to have joined Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index to ensure we continue to improve and boost LGBTQ+ inclusion. The Workplace Equality Index is a benchmark for employers to measure their progress towards lesbian, gay, bi and trans+ inclusion in the workplace.

Blog posts relating to LGBTQ+