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.
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.
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:
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.
Pride 2021: RCPsych and Rainbow SIG takes another step to protest LGBTQ+ discrimination and move towards equality
In a blog post to mark the end of Pride, Dr Pavan Joshi (the new chair of our Rainbow Special Interest Group) reflects on how the College has celebrated the ...Dr Pavan Joshi
A Transcultural Approach to meeting the needs of our LGBTQ+ Scots
As Pride month continues, the RCPsych in Scotland’s Policy Officer, Aidan Reid, reflects on the experiences of our LGBTQ+ communities accessing mental health care in Scotland and the recent Scottish ...Aidan Reid
Pride 2021 - thoughts from our President
RCPsych President, Dr Adrian James, reflects on Pride 2021 and talks about why celebrating equality and diversity is a key priority for the College.Dr Adrian James
LGBTQ History Month: From a Psychiatrist and Service User
In February 2020, we interviewed two members of the LGBTQ community, who both have different experiences of the community, and of course their own unique relationship with mental health services....RCPsych Digital Team
Bisexual Mental Health
A blog post for Pride Month about bisexual mental health.Library and archives team
Filmmaking, Phantom Pregnancies and Pride with Dr Parvinder Shergill
In this interview we speak to Dr Parvinder Shergill and explore her latest project: an LGBT Black, Asian and minority ethnic short film which features pseudocyesis; a phantom pregnancy. Dr ...Dr Parvinder Shergill
Holding onto what matters
To mark Pride 2020, Dr Maire Cooney discusses how the concept of physical distancing may already be familiar to LGBT+ people, and celebrates the importance of visibility and acceptance.Dr Maire Cooney
Gender, sexuality and psychiatry: Interview with LGBT+ activist Dr Louise Theodosiou
We discuss the misconceptions surrounding gender, what schools can do to educate their pupils on mental health, and more.Dr Louise Theodosiou