First LGBT gold charter mark presented to chief

Michele receives the charter
Michele receives the charter

NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s has been presented with the prestigious Gold Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual Charter Mark Award this week.

The region’s Interim Director of Public Health, Michele McCoy was received the award on behalf of the Public Health team from LGBT Youth Scotland Chief Executive Fergus McMillan.

The LGBT Charter of rights was created following a project run by young people from the Phoenix LGBT Youth Group in Dumfries.

This group explored a range of topics including education, social and health issues and concluded that LGBT people were often denied their rights due to prejudice and discrimination.

That group decided to create the LGBT Charter of Rights to increase understanding and awareness of the barriers LGBT people across Scotland face.

Speaking ahead of the presentation of the Charter Mark Award Michele said: “We are delighted that the NHS Dumfries & Galloway Public Health Directorate is the first in Scotland to be awarded the Gold LGBT Charter Mark.

“Our work focuses on improving health and reducing inequalities, including those related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

“Staff have worked hard to achieve this award which demonstrates that we are able to meet the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people, ensuring that they are treated equally and do not face discrimination.”

Find out more about the region’s LGBT support at www.lgbtcentredg.co.uk.