The 2024 theme celebrates LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to the field of Medicine and Healthcare both historically and today.
We want to showcase the amazing work of LGBT+ staff across the NHS and in other healthcare settings, in providing healthcare, especially during the pandemic. Whilst still shining a light on the history of the LGBT+ community’s experience of receiving healthcare which has been extremely complicated leaving LGBT+ people still facing health inequalities even today. Keep an eye on our Wellbeing Wednesdays posts throughout the month of February!
19th February 2024
It’s week 3 of LBGT+ History Month! Today we’re highlighting Christine Burns.
Christine is a British political activist known for her work with Press for Change, a key lobbying and legal support organisation for trans people in the UK. She fights for transgender rights, helped put together new employment legislation and the Gender Recognition Act and wrote the first ever official guidance on trans health for the Department of Health and Social Care.
The LGBT Foundation has a Trans Advocacy Service for assistance around medical rights for trans people. All people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect at all times.
12th February 2024
For week two of LGBT+ History Month we’re highlighting Kay Lahusen. Kay was a professional photographer, write and gay rights activist. She was key in persuading the American Psychology Association (APA) to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders. She also was crucial in documenting the movement against conversion therapy.
Kay and her partner of 46 years, Barbara Gittings, were involved in the early LGBT+ rights movement and then acted as mental health advocates.
Below are a list of mental health resources specifically for LBGTQIA+ people.