Homo Heroes 2013: Public Sector Partner of the Year

Publish Date: 07/08/2013

The The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s annual Homo Heroes Awards, now in its third year, gives people the chance to recognise individuals, groups and organisations that have made a difference to the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual people, in the past year. These are the finalists for Public Sector Partner of the Year Award....

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service 

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have been committed to raising awareness of LGB&T issues for both their employees and the community for a number of years.

One of their key activities in the calendar has been flying rainbow flags from all fire stations across Greater Manchester to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, which raises awareness of the continuous impact of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and celebrates the contribution of LGB&T people in the community. This also provides an ideal way for LGB&T people to consider fire safety and how to keep themselves and others around them safe from fire risk.

Greater Manchester Police 

Greater Manchester Police

Greater Manchester Police officers and staff work every day of the year to help keep people safe in communities across Greater Manchester. Working in partnership with LGB&T community organisations we support LGB&T victims of crime through hosting weekly advice surgeries, specific officers supporting LGB&T people in the community and raising awareness of LGB&T issues within the force.

We continue to work to support victims of homophobic hate crime and raise awareness of it, and we know that this work gets better results when we work in partnership. LGB&T Police Officers and Police Staff help us to deliver the best possible service to our communities; this year it is 10 years since we first took part in the Manchester LGBT Pride parade in uniform and we are always extremely grateful and proud of the fantastic reception we receive at the parade.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust 


Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust established a work programme of Integrated Equalities Service around ‘increasing access to & improving outcomes from early intervention in mental health problems amongst Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland’s lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) population’ which culminated in the opening of the LGB&T Open Mind self-referral IAPT (Improved Access to Psychological Therapies) Service which is also accompanied by its own separate LGB&T care pathways.

Led by Leon Herbert in the Patient Experience & Partnerships Service leading on the Trust’s work in respect of ‘supporting local systems to address hate crime & foster good relations in recognition of the healthcare impacts related to discrimination against equality groups & individuals’.

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