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The Royal College of Nursing is extremely proud of the diversity of the nursing community

The Royal College of Nursing promotes equality of opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) staff and champions equality, diversity, human rights and inclusion in the health and social care sector.

As an RCN member you can work with us to improve equality in the workplace, raise awareness, provide (and receive) support and celebrate diversity and promote equality of opportunity.

Find out about the Pride events we are attending this year.

Become a diversity champion in your workplace

The RCN diversity champions programme recruits and develops leaders and role models for diversity and equality of opportunity.

We now have over 500 registered diversity champions who help change attitudes and practice in their workplace.

To find out how to become a diversity champion, please email the RCN diversity team.

Join our LGBT National Network

This RCN membership group acts as an influencing and lobbying agent to prompt lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality within the RCN and the health care sector. The network has a formal business meeting at Congress each year and membership of the network enables additional access to the RCN's renowned political leadership programme.

For more information please email the RCN diversity team.

Understand the Principles of nursing practice

The RCN’s Principles of nursing practice tell us what patients, colleagues, families and carers can expect from nursing. Principle A states: ‘Nurses and nursing staff treat everyone in their care with dignity and humanity – they understand their individual needs, show compassion and sensitivity, and provide care in a way that respects all people equally.

Proud of your heritage? 

The Library and Heritage Centre is collecting material to better reflect our LGBT+ members, making sure our collections represent the diversity of nursing to this and future generations.

Find out more about our plans, or get in touch to share your story.

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Proud photo gallery

All the RCN photos from past Pride events.

Pride Events

Come and meet us at a Pride event! If you are posting photos on Twitter or Instagram, use #ProudRCN! It would be great to see your photos!

  • 21 Jul 2018 Hull

    Pride in Hull

    Come along and help us celebrate Pride in Hull.

  • 21 Jul 2018

    Southend Pride

    The RCN will be taking part in this year's Southend Pride event.

  • 28 Jul 2018 Norwich

    Norwich Pride

    The RCN will be taking part in this year's Norwich Pride event at The Forum in Norwich.

  • 28 Jul 2018 Sheffield

    Pride in Sheffield

    Come and join us for celebrations in Sheffield

  • 28 Jul 2018

    Nottinghamshire Pride

    The RCN will be taking part in this year's Nottinghamshire Pride event in Nottingham.

  • 05 Aug 2018 Leeds

    RCN at Pride in Leeds

    Help us celebrate Pride this summer by joining the parade in Leeds

  • 11 Aug 2018 Chester

    Chester Pride

    Visit the RCN stand at Pride Chester

  • 11 Aug 2018

    Margate Pride 2018

    Join us at Margate Pride 2018 and march with the Royal College of Nursing.

  • 24 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018 Manchester

    Manchester Pride

    Come and join the RCN to celebrate Pride in Manchester!

  • 25 Aug 2018 Cardiff

    Pride Cymru in Cardiff

    The RCN will be taking part in this year's Pride Cymru event in Cardiff at the City Hall Lawns

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