What is Pride?
Pride Glasgow is Scotland’s largest Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) celebration. The Festival takes place at Glasgow Green on 19 and 20 August with the site open from noon on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday. This year, the theme is the importance of LGBTI families, whether biological or for those who have created families made up of friends and other loved ones.
Though the emphasis is on fun, there is a serious side. LGBTI people still experience persecution and discrimination. There are countries where being in a same-sex relationship is considered a serious crime and in a few, it’s punishable by death. Pride offers an opportunity for LGBTI people and straight friends and family to join together in a place of safety to celebrate achievements and campaign for further equality.
What’s it got to do with the NHS?
It’s important the NHS is visible at Pride. Stonewall’s Unhealthy Attitudes report (2015) suggests the NHS still has some way to go before it can claim to be truly inclusive of LGBTI people. The report showed 24 per cent of staff had heard colleagues make negative comments about LGB people.
NHSGGC will be celebrating its fifth year at Pride Glasgow by taking time to chat to festival goers about the range of services available and capturing people’s experiences of using them. NHSGGC’s Steve Retson Project will promote its specialist sexual health service for gay, bi-sexual and men who have sex with men. For the third year, this will include free and confidential HIV testing from a specialist unit on site. Sandyford Sexual Health Services will also be on site to promote its services to young people in particular.
The Equality and Human Rights Team will be capturing people’s experiences as patients and employees and chatting through opportunities to make improvements and share good practice.