LGBT+ signifiers initiatives & allies programmes at BSUH NHS Trust – update

Olivia King, Equality Advisor, launched the LGBT+ signifiers initiative and allies programmes in 2018. BSUH staff have access to visual signifiers (rainbow lanyards, rainbow pin badges) and resources (information sheets, training resources and workshops).


  1. Empower staff to be confident  and knowledgeable about working alongside  and delivering care to those who identify as gender and sexual minorities.
  2. Staff are encourged to own the agenda so they can develop fit-for-purpose initiatives in their specific areas and in their fields. This is important to ensure we cover the diversity among LGBTQ+ people themselves and recognise the different ways in which healthcare staff work in their different environments.
  3. The LGBTQ+ Allies Programme and Trans Allies Programme helps embed LGBTQ+ inclusion across services. Any member of staff or volunteers can step forward to join the programmes.


Intersectionality is at the centre of the work to ensure that the needs/experiences of LGBTQ+ people of colour, those with disabilities, those from faith backgrounds, etc. are not overlooked or ignored. This is vital if we are to address health inequalities.

Support from professional bodies

Patient first

In 2019 the Royal College of Nursing, Unite and UNISON stepped forward to support the BSUH LGBT+ signifier initiative demonstrating consensus by high profile, influential professionals, about the need to address LGBTQ+ experiences of healthcare and working for the NHS. Their support has gone a long way to combat stigma around gender and sexual diversity in a short period of time and we thank them for their support.  To keep up-to-date with developments, follow us on Twitter @BSUHEquality.