The march goes on
Why is homophobia and discrimination against LGBT people still acceptable in the NHS, asks Drew Payne
When I started my nurse training 25 years ago, I ran into a wall of homophobia. I was told by vocal colleagues that I only wanted to be a nurse to see naked men and that all gay men deserved to get AIDS.
I was also told that I was a danger to children and that God could heal me and make me ‘normal’. I endured this because it was 1990, and homophobia was what I expected as a gay man.
It is now 2015 and society has changed a lot since my student days. We are much more open and there are many legal protections against homophobia. My partner and I got married last year and I thought we had come so far. Then I was brought down to...
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