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Sixty seconds on . . . rainbow badges

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 23 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4988

Linked Opinion

NHS staff are in a perfect position to be advocates for LGBT+ people when they most need it

  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Are you going to colour in my name badge?

Nope. We’re talking about little pin badges that feature the NHS logo on a rainbow flag background, the like of which are associated with the LGBT+ pride movement.

So like Jeremy Hunt’s favourite lapel pin, but jazzy?

Yes, exactly! But these badges are more than just colourful accessories. They’re a sign that the wearer is a safe person for patients, both young and old, to talk to about matters of gender identity and sexuality. They also show that …

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