This LGBTQIA+ policy has been created to ensure that all members of PTUK staff and registrants behave in a way that respects the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQIA+ people to enable LGBTQIA+ people to live full and equal lives.
Core Values that underpin the statement:
- Inclusiveness: PTUK advocates for a world that embraces diversity and promotes an integrated and supportive society.
- Equality: PTUK celebrates difference and support equal opportunity for LGBTQIA+ people that enables them to achieve their potential.
- Rights: PTUK promotes the right to be LGBTQIA+ people in a safe environment that is free from negativity and supports freedom of expression.
- Empowerment: PTUK fosters an environment where LGBTQIA+ people are supported and encouraged to co-produce and partner on initiatives.
- Respect: PTUK treats all LGBTQIA+ people with respect by being considerate of people’s differences and choices.
- Positivity: PTUK promotes the collective expression of success among the LGBTQIA+ + community.
- Acceptance: PTUK encourages all LGBTQIA+ people to express themselves openly and promote the recognition of people’s preferences (e.g. pronouns) so that they know they will be accepted in this safe and inclusive and environment.
This policy does not tolerate negative attitudes towards LGBTQIA+ people and advocates the correction of misunderstandings of LGBTQIA+ identities. It furthermore acknowledges that all sections of society have a role to play including Government, State Agencies, health and social sevices, schools, LGBTQIA+ organisations, local communities, families, individual citizens and LGBTQIA+ people themselves. This policy promotes the acceptance of one’s LGBTQIA+ identity and supports a person’s personal growth in the face of having to overcome challenges in order to achieve this stage of identity acceptance.
PTUK seeks to foster inclusive policies that recognise difference and diversity in order to help LGBTQIA+ people and other minorities to feel confident that they are welcome, included and respected, and that any related concerns they might have will be addressed. Such inclusive policies are the basis of a positive organisational climate and culture that is welcoming, supportive and encouraging of all staff, registrants and service users.