WHAT IS THE LGBT CHARTER OF RIGHTS?
The LGBT Charter is a powerful, easy to use tool to help everyone in an organisation focus on the quality of services they provide. It helps demonstrate your organisation’s commitment to LGBT people in the local area. The programme supports services to undertake training, review policies in line with legislation, and consider practices and resources. Achiving the LGBT Charter enables your organisation to clearly show that it has taken steps to improve services and the workplace, and remove barriers for LGBT people.
By displaying the LGBT Charter, you will send a positive message to LGBT people in your area that they are included, valued, supported, and will be treated fairly when they access your service. You will make it clear to other organisations and service users that equality and diversity are at the heart of your service, and you will reassure people that your workplace is a safe and supportive place.
History of the LGBT Charter
In 2003, a group of young people in Dumfries (Phoenix LGBT Youth) began a project to find out more about the UNCRC and UDHR and how they related to their lives. They were supported by LGBT Youth Scotland, Save the Children and Dumfries Youth Enquiry service.
The group explored topics relevant to LGBT people including education and social and health, and it emerged that although LGBT people should have all the rights laid out in the UNCRC and the UDHR, these rights were often denied because of discrimination and prejudice. That group decided to create the LGBT Charter of Rights to increase understanding and awareness of the barriers LGBT people face. LGBT Youth Scotland then responded by developing a programme to support and guide groups and organisations on their journey to LGBT equality and inclusion.
Fife Sexual Health Hub
“It is important that services meet the needs of all clients including those who are part of any specific equality and diversity groups. There are particular issues in relation to sexual health for LGBT groups, and therefore we are delighted that the Hub services have achieved the LGBT charter.”
Dr Lorna Watson, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, NHS Fife