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.
In June 2020, we marked the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and 51 years since the first-ever Gay Pride parade took place.
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.
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.
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.
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 BAME short film which features pseudocyesis; a phantom pregnancy. Dr Shergill also details the ...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
The importance of Pride
Leading RCPsych member, Dr Louise Theodosiou has written a powerful blog on the importance of Pride.Dr Louise Theodosiou