Excellence in lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans healthcare

LGBT Foundation would like to hear from you about how we can make primary care services better for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

Pride in Practice is our programme to ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people have access to primary care services that are LGBT inclusive and understand the needs of our communities.

“I visited my GP last week and LGBT posters on the notice board made it easier for me to discuss my feelings” – Lesbian woman, Bolton

“I’ve received good care as a transgender woman from the GP practice, without feeling patronised” Trans woman, Bury

“The more I discuss my sexual orientation the more I realise it is helpful not just to me, but to the health professional too.” Gay man, Oldham

“My pharmacist was very supportive and gave me information on social and support groups” Bisexual woman, Manchester

“At my surgery, feedback from the Pride in Practice training was that they found it very interesting” Trans man, Rochdale

“My dentist treats me like any other patient, they are helping me smile – the first time I’ve been able to in years.” HIV+ gay man, Salford.

“I discuss my partner with the GP, they are very non-judgemental. We’re two old ladies but they’ve never been surprised by us.” Lesbian patients, Stockport

“My GP helped me accept my sexuality” Gay Asian man, Tameside

“My GP is brilliant. I have had nothing but positive experiences with them.” Trans Patient, Trafford

“My GP was great when I came out to her – she made me feel like I had nothing to feel ashamed about.” LGBT patient, Wigan

To make sure that this happens we want to hear from YOU!

Among the issues we are looking at are:

• How does your GP Practice treat their LGBT patients?

• Why is it important that my dentist knows my sexual orientation/trans status?

• What can Optometrists tell us about our wider health?

• How can we get the best service from our Pharmacy services?

Whether we only need access to primary care services when we are sick, or if we depend on regular support to improve the quality of our lives and sometimes even save our lives, we can and should feel able to make a real difference to the way these services are run.

This is especially important if we think we haven’t been listened to as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and if our needs and wishes haven’t been taken into consideration in the past, or our voices are not currently being heard.

We know that many LGBT people may worry about accessing services for fear of experiencing discrimination or even hostility on the grounds of their sexual orientation, gender identity or trans status and it is imperative that we overcome this to enable health providers to become more aware of the needs of LGBT communities and how to best address them.

Get In Touch

If you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans and would like to share your experiences of primary care services to help inform others and to ensure that services understand the needs of LGBT people, please contact: pip@lgbt.foundation

‘Ten Stories from Ten Boroughs - a celebration of Pride in Practice throughout Greater Manchester’, aims to illustrate that by improving awareness, visibility, knowledge and information of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) patients’ experiences we can strengthen and develop primary care services’ relationships with their LGBT patients withinthe local community. As part of 10 Stories, we celebrate each borough of Greater Manchester and highlight some of the actions that have been taken to increase patients’ trust and confidence when accessing healthcare.

To read the stories, click here.