LGBTQ+ Task Force
Welcome To LGBTQ+ Task Force at Hamilton Health Sciences
The LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Steering Committee is a group of health professionals from Hamilton Health Sciences and our community partners, working to develop an environment that is open and welcoming, as well as equitable and accessible, to persons of all sexual and gender diversities.
Why at Hamilton Health Sciences? Why Now?
"Homophobia is the most significant health risk facing lesbians and gay men. Fear of homophobia and discrimination - often based on past experiences - can prevent gays and lesbians from seeking health care. It is up to health care professionals and the health care system to regain the trust of patients with diverse sexual orientations and behaviours"
(Peterkin & Risdon, 2003, p. 14).
Recent incidences of homophobia at Hamilton Health Sciences
Overt and covert incidences affect:
- Patient Care
- Staff Welfare
- Work Environment
- Learning Environment
- Values Based Code of Conduct
- Discrimination Policy
- Collective Agreements
Individuals who encounter acts of homophobia against themselves or others should contact the Office of Human Rights and Inclusion for assistance. You can also speak to your nurse, healthcare provider, a manager, security officer, social worker or chaplain.
There are many individuals throughout the organization who will offer support and guidance. Many of these individuals will be wearing pink and black "Ally" buttons. Anyone wearing these buttons will provide you with support and a safe place to talk.