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BME LGBT Conference – Who Am I?

BME LGBT Conference  – Who Am I?

BHI is excited to announce its unique conference, a first in the City of Leeds.

On Tuesday 18th March Black Health Initiative (BHI) are hosting Who am I?  A BME LGBT Conference.  This is a joint initiative between BHI, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Barnsley Hospital and Leeds City Council.

BHI are proud to be spearheading the conference, which will be attended by people who identify themselves as BME lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and a number of service providers from across the region.

The conference will provide an opportunity for people to share their experiences, and discuss ways to combat stigma within the BME communities.  It also aims raise awareness of issues that directly affect the physical and mental wellbeing of BME LGBT people, so that service providers can improve their work practices.

Speakers include Yvonne Coghill OBE, Senior Programme Lead for the Inclusion workstream of the NHS Leadership Academy, which exists to build inclusion into the architecture of leadership development in healthcare, and individuals who will share their personal experiences.

Heather Nelson JP, BHI Chief Executive said. “We feel action to combat discrimination faced by BME individuals who are part of the LGBT community is long overdue, and it is time discussions took place to look at ways to provide better care and support to people who are isolated and excluded because of their sexuality and gender identity.  We encourage individuals to join us as many voluntary, statutory and private sector organisation’s who are willing to listen and make positive change will be in attendance.”

The conference will take place in the Banqueting Suite of Leeds Civic Hall between 9.30am and 2pm.  Lunch will be provided and booking is essential.  Please contact BHI to book a place.  Tel: 0113 3070300  Email: admin@bhileeds.org.uk

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