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. Throughout June we are publishing a variety of Pride-related content, including blog posts and a special episode of our RCPsych podcast.
In addition to the content listed below, keep checking on our LGBTQ+ page for further updates.
Pride webinar today
Today we are hosting a webinar (free for members) on 'Celebrating Rainbow/LGBTQ+ families in psychiatry'. The webinar – at 4pm today (Wednesday 8 June) – will discuss how the path to parenthood for people who identify as LGBTQ+ is not always straightforward.
The two speakers (Dr Alan Mackenize and Dr Máire Cooney) will share details about some of the beautiful rainbow families that exist in our community.
Our President, Dr Adrian James, has published a special Pride blog post today. In the post Adrian writes about the work that has happened during his presidency to promote equality. In particular, he talks about how supporting the LGBTQ+ community has been central to his presidential priority that relates to equality and diversity.
In a separate Pride 2023 blog post, we heard from Dr Pavan Joshi, chair of the College’s Rainbow Special Interest Group (SIG). This thoughtful post looks at what evolution tells us about LGBTQ+ history.
Celebrations at the College
College computers have all been updated to use a striking Pride RCPsych logo as their desktop wallpaper. We’ve also produced a special Pride background image that can be used in video calls using Teams and Zoom. Feel free to use these images yourself:
The College’s Sexuality and Gender Equality and Inclusivity (SGEI) forum have also provided a selection of pronoun badges for staff as well as sharing a selection of forum library books.