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LGBT+ Pharmacists’ Network Newsletter – June 2024

This update coincides with Pride Month which is celebrated as a way of raising awareness of issues affecting the LGBT+ community along with promoting acceptance and equality. Also, find out how to join the network at Manchester Pride!

Thu 6th June 2024 The PDA

In this issue: 
  • Resisting LGBTQIA+ oppression in the hidden pharmacy curriculum
  • Using healthcare data to improve the services and experiences of LGBT+ patients
  • Rainbow Reads! LGBTQ Books for Pride Month 2024
  • Upcoming event: Join the PDA LGBT+ Network at Manchester Pride!
  • In case you missed it
  • Get involved

Resisting LGBTQIA+ oppression in the hidden pharmacy curriculum

By Andrew Mawdsley, Director of Education, School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester

Resistance is the act of refusal to accept or conform, and in education, resistance theory concerns opposing power and oppressions such as racism, ableism, homophobia, and misogyny. Universities have historically served as spaces of resistance, where campus protests and advocacy against political, social, and societal injustices are not only common but encouraged. These institutions are pivotal in shaping learners’ worldviews, allowing them to explore, develop, and challenge power structures and oppression. While overt resistance is evident in institutional and curricular changes, much of it operates within the hidden curriculum, which subtly shapes what is learned rather than explicitly taught.

In recent years, there has been a growing resistance to heteronormativity and cisnormativity, particularly in Europe and the USA, as learners reject societal and educational systems that marginalise LGBTQIA+ communities. This resistance manifests within the hidden curriculum, where the absence of LGBTQIA+ representation in UK pharmacy education becomes a focal point for learners’ frustrations.

Understanding this covert form of resistance is crucial for pharmacy educators to grasp what values and ideologies learners are internalising and challenging. However, navigating conflicting beliefs within academia presents its own challenges. Some learners resist inclusion efforts, arguing against the prioritisation of LGBTQIA+ issues in education, while others demand better representation and tools to combat health inequalities.

Educators must consider their role in championing resistance while also acknowledging their own biases and the institutional structures that may perpetuate oppression. By uncovering and addressing the hidden curriculum, educators can empower learners to voice their concerns and work collaboratively towards dismantling injustice within educational settings. Ultimately, embracing resistance within academia is essential for fostering meaningful change and promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion.

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Using healthcare data to improve the services and experiences of LGBT+ patients

By Charlotte Jones, Community Pharmacist and Researcher

Pride holds deep meaning for LGBT+ individuals, offering a chance to openly embrace and celebrate their identities. Yet, alongside this celebration, we’re acutely mindful of the healthcare inequalities the community faces. From hurdles in accessing vital services like sexual and reproductive healthcare to grappling with elevated rates of mental health issues and substance use, the journeys of our community are marked by challenges.

I’m a community pharmacist and researcher with experience in public health and implementation studies, and it’s from my projects using healthcare data that I’ve come to realise how important it is that our services are monitoring LGBT+ identifiers to allow for the improvement of services and experiences of LGBT+ patients. From my experience, there is a complete lack of sexual orientation, trans status, and gender identity recording in healthcare datasets available to researchers; our services are not doing enough.

The absence of sexual orientation, trans status, and gender identity in healthcare records obscures the true extent of our community’s healthcare inequalities. This gap hampers efforts to drive meaningful change where we lack the concrete evidence needed to advocate for better policies and practices. It’s also too late to understand or study how LGBT+ communities have been impacted by events over the years, for instance, now recovering and studying the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re left in the dark about how many LGBT+ individuals were hospitalised or lost their lives. There are questions we have that we’ll never be able to answer, and it’s the stark knowledge gaps like these that highlight the urgency of inclusive data collection to accurately measure and address the healthcare needs of our community.


Rainbow Reads! LGBTQ Books for Pride Month 2024

By David Wright, Associate Library Director for User Experience at the University of Southampton

Guest writer David Wright (he/him) is Associate Library Director for User Experience at the University of Southampton. With a career that spans over 30 years and includes work in public, special and academic libraries, he describes himself as an elder of the LGBTQ community who is as passionate now about diversity and inclusion as he was when he first came out as a gay man in the early 1980s. Here he recommends some reading especially for the PDA LGBT+ Network.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is celebrated every year to commemorate the moment in June 1969 that LGBTQ people fought back against the homophobia, transphobia, racism, and brutality of the New York Police Department during a police raid at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. It’s about liberation, diversity, visibility, and the ongoing struggle for equality – a celebration of what has been achieved in some countries and what still needs to be done.

While the 2020s are proving to be newly challenging times for the LGBTQ+ community (the American Library Association reports that, in 2023, more attempts than ever before were made to ban books from US schools and libraries) our voices have never been so strong in the publishing world. Here’s a selection of five fabulous titles to read during Pride month – and beyond.

1. Bernardine Evaristo – Girl, Woman, Other

The eighth novel by Bernardine Evaristo, and co-winner of the 2019 Booker Prize, Girl, Woman, Other follows a cast of twelve, very different characters, most of them black British women, on personal journeys across several decades. Among them is Amma, a lesbian socialist playwright struggling for recognition and non-binary Morgan who uses the internet to help explore their gender identity. This may be a book about the challenges of everyday life, but it is also an engaging story of love, joy and the powers of imagination.


Upcoming event: Join the PDA LGBT+ Network at Manchester Pride!

This year, the PDA LGBT+ Network are pleased to announce that they will be taking part in Manchester Pride again. Join them and help keep Pride going strong!

Manchester Pride is one of the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ charities. It is part of a global Pride movement celebrating LGBTQ+ equality and challenging discrimination. The theme this year is ‘Buzzin’ to be Queer – A Hive of Progress’.

Date: Saturday 24 August
Time: The Parade starts at 12 pm, but the network will meet earlier for coffee and to assemble!

Scott Rutherford, the Immediate Past President of the PDA LGBT+ Network said, “Like a hive, the Pharmacists’ Defence Association Union brings together a diverse group of pharmacists in the interests of representing the profession, its members, and their patients. The PDA’s LGBT+ Pharmacists’ Network provides its members with a space to connect and work to address issues affecting LGBT+ pharmacists, embodying the unity and energy of worker bees. With this in mind, we will have diverse costumes but be walking, marching, and dancing as one, in solidarity at Manchester Pride.”

More information about Manchester Pride will be sent out closer to the time.


In case you missed it

Below are recently published PDA news items relating to the LGBT+ Network.

Get involved

  • Join the PDA LGBT+ Network here.
  • Follow the PDA LGBT+ Network on social media using the hashtag #PDAlgbt.
  • Contact the PDA LGBT+ Network committee know by emailing
  • Please also feel free to share this mailing with a colleague that would like to read it.
  • Join the PDA LGBT+ Network Facebook group here
  • Join the PDA LGBT+ Network WhatsApp group here.






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