Out Loud is a narrative of LGBT People’s needs within Health and Social Care. Developed in late 2015 and early 2016 by the National LGB&T Partnership, the Narrative draws on the experiences and expectations of diverse individuals within LGBT communities and presents their needs in a format popularised by National Voices, the ‘I statements’, complemented by discussion of how to understand and implement the principles and recommendations for service providers.
Whilst there have been many recent steps towards legislative equality for LGBT people, it is important to remember that legislative change has not always resulted in LGBT people’s experiences improving, particularly in relation to receiving health or social care support.
At a time of such change within health and social care, efficiency and efficacy are often at the forefront of the minds of decision-makers. The small changes required to make the statements within this report a reality will support LGBT people to access support sooner and more appropriately, and will reduce both the emotional and financial cost that poor service delivery generates.
I need to see that the professional in front of me is relaxed and open and uses language that does not assume heterosexuality. Maybe they ask questions that help me to be open – as an older woman I still have some difficulties around initiating conversations about my sexuality, even when I know it is 'safe' to do so.
You can download Out Loud: LGBT Voices in Health and Social Care here.