QE Pride Week 2020

Posted on Fri, 14/08/2020 by Joanne Levey

Pride 2020 – What an amazing achievement! We were all #QEPride virgins but 2020 will be remembered by most as the year we were hit with the most devastating global pandemic in over 100 years.  However, despite this – and perhaps even because of this – 2020 will also stand out for me as the first ever QEH LGBT+ Pride celebration.  It was more successful that I’d ever hoped for and it was all because of our brilliant staff and their efforts to get involved throughout the week.  

Click here to see the #QEPride photos.

We created a real positive vibe just at a time when we needed it most so thank you to everyone who got involved! Whether you entered our flag contest, wrote on a hand, signed up for a rainbow pin badge, drove the cherry picker to put up our rainbow flags or watched any of our videos you all made it a huge success.

Get in touch to find out more or come along to one of our meetings - email ghnt.lgbt.network@nhs.net or the Chair joanne.levey@nhs.net or administrator lisa.swann3@nhs.net for more information.

Your thoughts on the week:

LIZ SWINTON, Horizon Team Midwife:
My reflection from Pride week was seeing the Network as relevant to my role in Maternity and joining! Being visible is such a big part of starting conversations, which leads to learning. Being seen as a range of individuals rather than a uniform wearing mass of healthcare workers is important and Pride is very relevant to the ethos of what we do as healthcare professionals.

MIKE WILKINSON, Associate Specialist COTE: 
For me, the best bit about QEPRIDE was how it brought people together – the LGBT+ community, our allies and the Trust as a whole. It gave me a sense of belonging and that I am truly part of the QE family not just as a clinician but as a person. Seeing the posters, ward notice boards and all the photos on social media was amazing. Being able to add a splash of colour and positivity after a one of the most challenging times I have seen in my career was uplifting and I think just what we all needed. This year’s QEPRIDE is just the start and I can’t wait for what the next year has to bring! I would like to thank everyone who made this happen.

LISA SWANN, Community Services PA and LGBT+ Network Ally:
As a new Ally to the LGBT+ Network this was my first pride and WOW what can I say.  The response from all staff across the hospital was incredible from those taking part in the flag competition to those who signed up for the rainbow pledge.  When I joined the link for the live meeting that day which was held in the ECC outside Costa I was blown away by all the people taking part, there was music, laughter, colour and lots of ideas for next year’s Pride, all I can say is BRING ON 2021.

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