The Public Health Agency supports Northern Ireland Anti-Homophobia and Transphobia Week

Published: May 20, 2014

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is supporting Northern Ireland Anti-Homophobia and Transphobia Week by highlighting the need to raise awareness of the health inequalities experienced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) and the impact of homophobia and transphobia on the lives of individuals and families.

Speaking at the launch of the week long programme of events, Dr Carolyn Harper, Director of Public Health at the PHA, said, “Northern Ireland Anti-Homophobia and Transphobia Week will see a series of events taking place which will focus on challenging homophobia and transphobia in our society.

“Homophobia and transphobia is a concern for us all and it is heartening to see community support for such positive action.

“The PHA is committed to supporting the LGB&T community and works with organisations to reduce inequalities in health and develop and support programmes which promote health and wellbeing.

“One such initiative is the e-learning programme which helps to raise awareness and understanding of LGB&T issues in the workplace,” Dr Harper added.

The e-learning programme was developed in partnership with Aurion Learning, an e-learning and development solutions provider. The online programme, entitled ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Creating Inclusive Workplaces’, will support the PHA in helping to address health and social wellbeing inequalities whilst enabling staff members to safely explore LGB&T issues in a confidential and secure way.

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