Charter Certificate presented to Central Scotland Sexual Health

NHS Forth Valley Sexual Health Services were awarded the LGBT charter mark from LGBT Youth Scotland on 29th May 2012.

LGBT Youth Scotland’s Ann Marriott, made the presentation to Hazel Somerville, Sexual Health Practitioner,  who received the LGBT Charter Mark Award on behalf of Central Sexual Health.

The Charter Mark demonstrates that our sexual health services recognise the issues that LGBT people can face and are committed to providing a service that is inclusive, where LGBT people feel comfortable, confident, valued and supported.

In working towards the charter mark we had to demonstrate evidence of good practice that were assessed against set criteria based on Equality and Human rights legislation.

It is the responsibility of every organisation to value diversity and promote good practice in terms of LGBT equality.  Homophobia is still a problem in Scotland and LGBT people can face homophobia on a daily basis.  Only by raising awareness and sending out positive messages to LGBT people and society can we challenge discrimination and promote and enjoy a more inclusive society.

The LGBT Charter of Rights is a list of rights based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) that some LGBT people feel that they are denied due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

In NHS Forth Valley Central Sexual Health, we felt it was important to get the message across that everyone is welcome within our service regardless of sexual orientation.   Working with LGBT Youth Scotland staff and the Charter toolkit made it easy for us to see how we could  mainstream LGBT issues into our service ensuring that LGBT people accessing the service felt confident that they were being included, valued and supported.

Our LGBT Charter mark will be continuously assessed and will be revisited one year from the date of award in order that we continue to work towards LGBT equality.