Sexual Orientation Monitoring

Over the last two decades, the lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) community has seen legislative change which has led to greater acceptance. However, there is still a huge lack of evidence about LGB people, our needs and experiences. Monitoring sexual orientation is a proven way to address that lack of evidence.

Championing sexual orientation monitoring for service users and staff across all public services is a key an organisational priority for LGBT Foundation.

Working in partnership with NHS North West we published a best practice guide to monitoring, Everything you always wanted to know about sexual orientation monitoring... but were afraid to ask.

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Released/updated: 2011

Our guide to implementing Sexual Orientation Monitoring in your workplace.

Everything you always wanted to know about sexual orientation monitoring... but were afraid to ask, aims to encourage public sector organisations to take the lead in implementing sexual orientation monitoring, by highlighting the benefits for organisations, staff and service users.

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This first of its kind, the guide aims to encourage public sector organisations to take the lead in implementing sexual orientation monitoring, by highlighting the benefits for organisations, staff and service users. Based on research conducted in the NHS and the wider public sector, it offers a step-by-step guide to the process of sexual orientation monitoring, illustrated with best practice examples and real-life case studies.

Everything you always wanted to know about sexual orientation monitoring... but were afraid to ask, highlights that investing in equality makes good business sense, as understanding the needs of staff and service users leads to more targeted and successful work, saving money in the long run.

Download a PDF of the guide, or request hard copies of this resource by emailing us for more information.

Building Health Partnerships

Building Health Partnerships (2013-14) was a national programme designed by NHS England to improve health outcomes through supporting the development of partnerships. In Greater Manchester, we worked with Clinical Commissioning Groups and other voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to focus on the health inequalities faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people, exploring the challenges encountered and working in partnership to identify solutions and reduce barriers for LGBT people accessing healthcare services.

As part of the project, we published a Clinical Rationale for Sexual Orientation Monitoring, written by Dr Simon Rogers. This discusses the evidence on existing health inequalities among LGB communities and attitudes towards patient sexual orientation monitoring in a general practice setting among staff at South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group.

We also published a Rationale for Implementing Service User Sexual Orientation Monitoring in Service Provision which outlines the benefits of monitoring and the potential uses of the data collected to improve service user outcomes and reduce inequalities.

Both these reports, and the other publications from the project, can be downloaded from lgbt.foundation/bhp.

Gender identity monitoring

LGBT Foundation supports the principle of gender identity monitoring as there is a significant lack of evidence about the needs and experiences of trans people. We believe that monitoring, sensitively implemented, is a clear way to address that lack of evidence and make our needs and experiences heard.

Our own practice is to monitor gender and gender identity using the following two questions:

Which of the following describes how you think of yourself?

Woman            Man             In another way  (Please state):

 

Is your gender identity the same as that you were given at birth?

Yes                   No 

 

We are looking to develop guidance to gender identity monitoring, based on the current evidence on monitoring practice and consultation with the trans community. If you would like to get involved in this work, please get in touch by email.