A new resource to help non-LGBTQIA+ physio staff to respond with empathy to colleagues who disclose their sexual and/or gender identity at work. Sudhir Daya explains
Research shows that LGBTQIA+ physiotherapists struggle with sexual and/or gender identity disclosure within their profession and organisations/environments of work/study(1,2).
Anecdotally, it appears that the majority of non LGBTQIA+ physiotherapists handle disclosure in the workplace/higher education institute (HEI) awkwardly, ranging from silence to pseudo-acceptance. LGBTQIA+ physiotherapists anecdotally perceive this as harmful, not true inclusion, and ultimately feel like they do not belong. It is acknowledged that some LGBTQIA+ physiotherapists do anecdotally report some positive experiences of disclosure and there are multiple factors that may influence this.
There is currently no physiotherapist specific resource that supports non LGBTQIA+ physiotherapists to deal with sexual and/or gender identity disclosure by a colleague in the workplace/HEI.
This gap has prompted the CSP LGBTQIA+ network to support my project to create a novel resource for physio staff of any banding, with any title, from any sector and of diverse positionality to respond compassionately and empathetically to LGBTQIA+ physiotherapists who disclose their gender and/or sexual identity in the workplace/HEI.
I am very proud to officially launch Dealing with disclosure, which can be accessed via the link below on the CSP website. I would like to thank all the participants who bravely gave their time and effort to make this project a reality. I welcome any feedback and hope this is a helpful resource.
Watch this short video from Sudhir Daya titled 'Dealing with disclosure'
Ross, M. H., Hammond, J., Bezner, J., Brown, D., Wright, A., Chipchase, L., ... & Setchell, J. (2022). An exploration of the experiences of physical therapists who identify as LGBTQIA+: navigating sexual orientation and gender identity in clinical, academic, and professional roles. Physical therapy, 102(3), pzab280. Brenda L. Beagan, Stephanie R. Bizzeth, Tara M. Pride, Kaitlin R. Sibbald, LGBTQ+ identity concealment and disclosure within the (heteronormative) health professions: Do I? Do I not? And what are the potential consequences?, SSM – Qualitative Research in Health, Volume 2, 2022
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