In its 2019 Workplace Equality Index, pioneering LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) rights organisation Stonewall has scored University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) amongst the top 100 employers in Britain. The prestigious index is coveted by employers and staff as a symbol of the great work it does to help achieve acceptance without exception for all LGBT people.
In the past year, UHB has worked collaboratively with many partners such as Birmingham LGBT, the South Asian LGBT community and the University of Birmingham to raise awareness and coordinate dedicated events such as Umbrella at Birmingham Pride and the South Asian LGBT conference hosted at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
Commenting on UHB’s position of 84th in the index, Chair of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), Rt. Hon. Jacqui Smith, said: “I’m incredibly proud of UHB’s commitment to greater inclusivity and the strengthening of a truly equal Trust where our lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans colleagues feel welcomed, comfortable and free to be who they are.
“In the past year UHB has expanded its staff networks, embedded policies to support our trans colleagues and patients, marked and celebrated the achievements of the LGBT community, and demonstrated pledges to highlight and tackle the profound inequalities and challenges the community still faces.
“UHB will further this vital work in the coming years and will continue to engage with – and listen closely to – all voices across our workforce and our LGBT community. This will ensure UHB remains not only a fantastic place to work, but a place where you will feel supported and happy to simply be yourself.”
UHB is hosting a forthcoming LGBTIQ+ Intersectionality and Islam Conference on Saturday 23 February from 09:30am to 4pm.
The conference is free to attend, and will be held in the Education Centre, Level 1, QEHB.
Speakers will cover topics including, ‘Life as an LGBTIQ+ Muslim in the U.K’ and ‘Being Intersex: Gender and Sex Diversity Affirmation in Islam’. There will also be a panel discussion about “How empowering is it to be an LGBTIQ+ Muslim and how can we build ally networks?”
Book your place via this link