The 31st of July will see St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust raising the brand-new Pride Progress Flag outside Whiston Hospital to celebrate Liverpool Pride.
The new Progress Flag is a symbol of inclusivity and was chosen by STHK to better represent the range of identities within the Trust’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Allied plus (LGBTQIA+) community.
With the cancellation of this year’s Pride in Liverpool parade, the July 2021 launch of the flag is just one way the Trust is demonstrating an outpouring of support for STHK LGBTQIA+ staff.
Ann Marr OBE, Chief Executive “Pride is a time for celebration: celebration of the many vibrant, dynamic and powerful LGBTQIA+ communities and celebration of our unique and wonderfully diverse workforce. We are proud to fly the Progress Flag at STHK and make a commitment to ensuring that STHK is a truly inclusive place for all.”
The Trust operates its own LGBTQIA+ network, helping to create a safe and accessible environment for staff of all sexual orientations and gender identities to shape the Trust’s inclusivity agenda, celebrate key events, and address any issues as they arise.
The Progress Flag launch also aims to empower all staff to stand as allies in support of their LGBTQIA+ colleagues.
Andrew Perkins, Deputy Chair of the LGBTQIA+ staff network said “The LGBTQIA+ community is loud, but we need allies to stand tall and speak out and support their community too and that’s what we hope all of the STHK community will do. We are encouraging all staff to not only support our campaign, but to understand why we need their support.”