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RCN should be proud of its record on gay rights

In two weeks time, I will be giving a public lecture for LGBT History Month at an event in London, celebrating the RCN’s role in championing diversity.

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In two weeks time, I will be giving a public lecture for LGBT History Month at an event in London, celebrating the RCN’s role in championing diversity.

Over the years, the RCN has fought for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans (LGBT) rights and participated in Pride events across the UK, which means more than just marching and having a stand; it is a clear demonstration of the college’s commitment to patient care, equality and recognising LGBT health workers.

At RCN congress in Brighton in 1988, activists unfurled a banner in the congress hall calling on the RCN to challenge Section 28, which banned local authorities from ‘promoting’ homosexuality or portraying it in a positive light in schools. This can be seen as the start of the RCN’s journey with LGBT nurses and patients.

Over the years, a number of

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