The CSP’s LGBTQIA+ network supports and empowers members with regards to LGBTQIA+ inclusion in the physiotherapy profession.
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Physio student Niko Brenner talks about why members should join the LGBTQIA+ network.
- Do you need assistance with a workplace issue relating to your sexuality and/or gender?
- Do you want to feel more connected to colleagues in the LGBTQIA+ community?
- Do you want to keep up to date with topics relevant to the LGBTQIA+ community?
- Do you want to be a champion for the LGBTQIA+ community?
By joining the network and getting involved you can feel supported, connected, well informed and proud!
There are several ways you can get involved with the network, both publicly and in our private groups. To join any of the private groups, you must first apply to join the network and be approved by Gill Feldman.
Public and private groups for network members
|Join the iCSP network for news, discussions and more.||N/A|
|Keep in touch with fellow network members on WhatsApp. Contact Gill Feldman to join.||N/A|
|LGBTQIA+ network members can join the private Facebook group (invite only).||Follow our public Facebook page for network news and updates.|
|N/A||Follow us on Twitter @CSPLQBTQIA for the latest updates from the network.|
Using our network groups and social media safely
We want everyone who joins our groups to have a positive experience. Here are some simple dos and don'ts:
- Adhere to each individual social media site's terms of service
- Join in! Share your ideas, ask questions, support others and like and respond to others' posts
- Treat everyone with respect; if you disagree with a particular point of view, try to offer a measured, factual response instead of criticism
- Remember that members of our private LGBTQIA+ network groups might not be out to everyone, so please bear that in mind when you're chatting to fellow network members in other spaces
- Share personal information – even in private forums like iCSP – that could lead to a patient, colleague or fellow CSP member being identified either in your own post or in combination with others
- Engage with obvious trolls on public sites like Twitter – block or mute them instead
If you're completely new to social media, you can check out the CSP's social media guidance for members.
|Date||Awareness day/month||Associated network events|
|February||LGBTQIA+ History Month: Body, Mind, Spirit||Frontline magazine takeover; also recognised via social media|
|31 March||Trans Day of Visibility (TVOD)|
Online meeting:Gender Assumptions
Hosts: Sudhir Daya (he/him) – Convenor of the LGBTQIA+ network; Niko Brenner (they/them) – physio student
|26 April – 2 May||Lesbian Visibility Week||None; recognised via social media|
|17 May||International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia|
Online meeting:Exclusion in inclusivity: Racism in LGBTQIA+
Hosts: Sudhir Daya (he/him) – Convenor of the LGBTQIA+ network; Dr Gita Ramdharry; Andrea Wright; Stephanie Land; Hamza Anwar.
|14 July||International Non-Binary Day||None; recognised via social media|
|14 August||Gay Uncle Day||None; recognised via social media|
|September||Pride||Network marches in Pride in London on 11 September; Pride marches across the UK|
|23 September||Bi Visibility Day||None; recognised via social media|
|8 October||International Lesbian Day|
Online meeting:Out to Sport
Hosts: Paul Rees; Emma Coleman; Nick Flanagan
|11 October||National Coming Out Day||None; recognised via social media|
|20 October||International Pronoun Day||None; recognised via social media|
|24-26 October||Ace Week (formerly Asexual Awareness Week)||None; recognised via social media|
|26 October||Intersex Awareness Day||None; recognised via social media|
|8 November||Intersex Day of Remembrance||None; recognised via social media|
|20 November||Transgender Day of Remembrance||None; recognised via social media|
|1 December||World AIDS Day|
Online meeting: Let's Talk About Sex Baby
Host: Darren Brown (he/him) – Specialist HIV physiotherapist
The network was set up in 1995 and sits within the Employment Relations and Union Services (ERUS) Directorate at the CSP. The network is led by a Convenor or Co-Convenor (if a job-share is preferred), whose role lasts for a two-year term before they either step down or stand for re-election.
Network members have supported the education and transformation of LGBTQIA+ rights within physiotherapy, workplaces and wider society.
Convenor: Sudhir Daya (he/him)
I am a gay cisgender male of South Asian heritage who grew up in apartheid South Africa.
I work in the private sector and my background in MSK outpatients, sports (dance, circus and musicians) pain, acupuncture and ergonomics led me to form The Life Architect - a human potential consultancy empowering people to design the life they want to live.
I am keen for the network to:
- have a greater presence within the profession
- be more accessible to participate in
- be something that members are proud to be a part of
I have lots of ideas and I am very open to hear yours. Please feel free to get in touch.
- Team Twitter: Emma Coleman (@PhysioEJC); Paul Rees (@PaulR335); Laura Weatherley (@lrwthrlyphysio)
- Facebook Fisios: Steph Land (@n8vgrl1)
- WhatsApp Welcome: Sudhir Daya (@sudhir_daya); Darren Brown
- Frontline liaison: Emma Coleman (@PhysioEJC); Jessica Thorne (@ACEteam_UHS)
- Social liaison: Position vacant
- Website liaison: Position vacant
- Non-CSP endorsed list of resources for those who identify as LGBTQIA+ or an ally
- Past TUC motions
- CSP EDI statement
- CSP Equality and Diversity Toolkit
- Bite-size guides to discrimination and equality at work
- LGBTQIA terms of reference
- NHS Employers Diversity and Inclusion