A Proportion Of UK Health Workers Still Believe LGBTQ+ People Can Be “Cured”

According to some new research from Stonewall, 10% of both NHS and private sector health workers have been in a scenario where a colleague has said they think LGBTQ+ people are curable.

What is rather worrying, though, is that if you move over to London that percentage jumps up to 22%.

The Unhealthy Attitudes study, which was released today, surveyed 3,001 health and social care workers. Disappointingly, it did find that LGBTQ+ people still face discrimination from healthcare professionals.

According to the study, a quarter of staff who work with patients overheard their colleagues making comments such as “poof” or “dyke” in the last five years. One in five respondents said that they heard such negative language as “tranny” and “shemale”.

60% of staff who have direct contact with patients who heard these negative remarks towards LGBTQ+ people had not reported it.

Bullying in the workplace is also still unfortunately common, with over LBGTQ+ staff saying that they had experience biphobic, transphobic or homophobic bullying in the last five years.


Staff training on how to deal with LGBTQ+ people also seems to be missing, with many saying that they hadn’t gotten any diversity training and some even questioned if it was even necessary.

28% of doctors said they they didn’t feel equipped to deal with the specific health care needs of trans people.

Chief executive of Stonewall, Ruth Hunt said: “Health and social care services have a duty to treat people fairly and equally. Yet, as this report shows, there are worrying gaps in knowledge and training relating to LGBT people. This is creating a healthcare system that treats both its LGBT patients and colleagues unfairly leading to inevitable on-going health inequalities.”

“Unhealthy Attitudes also contains some truly shocking revelations, such as evidence that high numbers of patient-facing staff witness colleagues stating their belief in a gay ‘cure’. This is incredibly harmful and dangerous and should be publicly denounced immediately.”


You can view the results here.