We are proud to recognize the LGBTQ+ community and celebrate National Pride Month this June.Niagara Health is committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect in order to provide a safe space to all staff, physicians and members of the Niagara community. We will be using this year’s Pride Month to learn more about issues and experiences of the LGBTQ+ community and promote acceptance and inclusion.
We work alongside our Inclusivity and Diversity Committee to help educate staff and share resources about reducing stigma and how to better support the LGBTQ+ community. We will be demonstrating our support with Pride displays, digital signage, stickers and resources at all our sites, with the proper infection prevention and control protocols in place to ensure proper physical distancing and hand-hygiene.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our day-to-day lives and our ability to gather together for our normal recognitions and celebrations; however, we can all show our support by taking the time to learn about the LGBTQ+ community, reflect on our own assumptions and behaviour, and practice respect and inclusivity.
“We can show support to the LGBTQ+ community by simply being kind and compassionate, and understand the challenges and discrimination they have faced,” said Robert Cosby, Co-Chair of the Inclusivity and Diversity Committee and Clinical Manager of our Outpatient Mental Health and Addictions Program. “We want to show the LGBTQ+ community that Niagara Health provides Extraordinary Caring, Every Person, Every Time!”