In 2020, we signed up to the NHS rainbow badge scheme and it is now worn by many staff who have pledged to reduce inequalities and provide support and signposting to LGBT+ people. The flag which was first featured in the 1970’s, was designed by Gilbert Baker and now holds historic significance after being flown at some of the most influential protests across the world. But why is it a rainbow and what do the colours stand for?
Originally eight colours, hot pink was dropped due to fabric availability. Along with turquoise and indigo being merged to create the now featured royal blue, the six-coloured version is what we famously recognise today. Each colour has its own meaning; red = life, orange = healing, yellow = sunlight, green= nature, blue = serenity and violet = spirit, which once put together highlights and celebrates the diversity of human sexuality and gender within our communities.
Matheu Collins, EMT1 and LGBT Network member, said, “I wear my rainbow badge to help support my fellow colleagues and our patients who identify as LGBT+. I want them to know I’m approachable and that we are an inclusive service both in employment and in our treatment pathways. We have come a long way in the history of equality and inclusion and it is important that we continue to make a difference in the present. I feel that wearing the rainbow badge helps towards this.”
Throughout the month, we will be showcasing some of our amazing LGBT+ colleagues and highlighting some important historic LGBT+ events, so keep your eyes peeled!