LGB&T health award win for The LGF’s Chief Executive
Publish Date: 09/04/2014
The Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists (GLADD) is honouring Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (The LGF), with the David Harvey Award for improving the health and lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) patients and staff.
The David Harvey Award is named in honour of the prominent paediatrician, who was out as a gay man for most of his professional life. He was not afraid to stand up and be counted at a time when many gay professionals felt unable to do so.
Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of The LGF, said: “I’m incredibly honoured to receive this award; it’s wonderful to be personally recognised by GLADD, who are a brilliant organisation to work with. This honour is equally shared with The LGF's amazing staff and volunteers for all of their hard work and commitment.
"With the changes to the health sector at the moment, it’s very important to work together with doctors and health practitioners to ensure that the needs of LGB&T people are met and incorporated into the health agenda. Now more than ever, it’s vital that LGB&T voices are heard. If you’re not counted in today’s NHS, then your needs don't count – that’s why the monitoring of all staff and patients’ sexual orientation is vital,” he added.
GLADD, established in 1995, are great supporters of The LGF and are the UK's only organisation that unites and represents LGB&T doctors and dentists from all over the country.
Co-Chair of GLADD, Dr Rafik Taibjee, said: “Paul was nominated by the Executive Committee for his enduring commitment to LGB&T health issues. He has worked on Pride in Practice, the NHS LGB&T Health Summits, and continues to campaign to achieve changes such as sexual orientation monitoring and coding, to ensure patients get the best service they can. As such, he has always been an invaluable resource of knowledge and support for GLADD.”
The award will be given at GLADD’s annual dinner and AGM at the Montague Hotel in London on Saturday 12th April, where Paul will also be delivering the Peter King Memorial Lecture.
For further information about becoming a member of GLADD and how you can get involved, please visit: www.gladd.co.uk