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  1. Marching with Pride (July 2008) On Saturday (5th July 2008) it was London LGBT Pride and, with bright sunny weather, my partner and I had a wonderful day there. The highlight, as always, was the Pride March. People were laughing and smiling, enjoying walking through central London together and openly. The march was headed by groups representing many of our uniformed and emergency services. First came lesbian, gay and bisexual members of the navy, army and RAF, all in their uniforms. Next followed the police and British transport police, again in uniform. Members of the fire service, complete with a bright red fire engine, followed them. Finally came members of the ambulance service and St John’s Ambulance service. It was a very impressive sight and the crowds cheered and clapped as they passed. But I was left with one thought, where are the nurses? True, there was an NHS float, much later in the march, but it was a general float. It didn’t have the impact of a group of nurses or healthcare professionals marching with the others at the head of the march. But why do nurses need to march at Pride? Still so many lesbians and gay men have little trust in healthcare. A recently published survey, from Stonewall, on lesbians’ experiences of healthcare, found that half of the women taking part had had negative experiences of healthcare in the last year (1). An earlier study found that 50% of gay men were too uncomfortable to come out to their GPs (2). We have a long way to go, but nurses marching at Pride will help along that path. Previously the police had a very poor relationship with the lesbian and gay community, there was no love lost on either side. Now, while still far from perfect, there has been a great improvement in police attitudes and an increased trust in the police in recent years. This has been achieved through a lot of different activities but not least of these has been the presence of police officers marching at Pride (not just “policing” it). The presence of those police officers has given confidence in the police. Nurses marching at pride could give so many lesbians and gay men far more confidence in healthcare and nursing as a profession. Nurses may not be able to march in uniform, with the duty of care that a nurse’s uniform carries, but the presence of nurses marching at Pride, even not in uniform, will go towards building up lesbians’ and gay men’s confidence in healthcare. Who will march though? Well, people like me. (This was originally published as a comment piece in Nursing Standard magazine) Drew Payne Find out more about this short blog series here
  2. First of all, this is my first topic, so I'm not sure if it's in the right place. Second, I'm pretty rubbish at writing in-depth reviews without unintentionally dropping spoilers, so I tend to err on the side of caution and keep it vague. I've only seen the first episode of season 5, so far; "Striking Vipers". It was a pretty wild episode, really well written, well produced and the actors did an amazing job, too. It also touched upon one or two themes that might be relatable with many readers here. But again, I don't know how much to reveal about those themes without spoiling them, so I'll rely on the wisdom in any comments below to figure that out. Do you watch the show at all? And if so, have you seen any episode of the new season? It's an anthology series, so with Black Mirror you can watch it in any order. Each episode is a stand alone. (with one exception; the season 4 finale).
  3. Anyone other than myself and Cassie Q ever listened to this marvellously surreal and wonderful podcast? For those who haven't, Welcome To Night Vale is a podcast based around a fictional town called Night Vale, somewhere in the United States, in which every conspiracy theory and supernatural idea seems to be true. When you listen to the podcast, you're listening to Night Vale Community Radio, presented by Cecil Gershwin Palmer, who is defined almost from the first moment as gay (the voice actor who plays him, Cecil Baldwin, is also gay, I believe), as he waxes poetic about the beautiful Carlos, a scientist who has recently moved to Night Vale in order to study the strange occurrences that take place there. The description on their website goes thusly: The 'local weather' is actually music by independent artists, a new tune every week. Artists such as Jason Webley, Tom Milsom and Rachel Kann have been featured on the show. I've discovered a lot of really awesome music this way. The podcast can be subscribed to on iTunes and Stitcher, there's an RSS feed, mp3 downloads of individual episodes, and they can be streamed on Soundcloud, so there are lots of options for lots of different devices and what-not. Their website is located here.
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