Equality and diversity: Sexual orientation

We were the first Royal College to have a presence at Pride events, led by our active LGBTQIA+ community group who champion the needs of both LGBTQIA+ patients and GPs.

RCGP colleagues and members celebrating at a Pride festival

We have been at the forefront in condemning conversion therapy and our LGBTQIA+ health hub promotes best patient care. If you would like to share your story or support our work, please get in touch below.

Here you can read community stories, tell us your own story, and find helpful resources to develop your learning.

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Gareth Patterson's story

Gareth Patterson

"My name is Gareth Patterson. I was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and raised in a small village called Annahilt, just outside Hillsborough, County Down. I studied medicine at Queen’s University Belfast, graduating in 2012, and went on to do my Foundation Years and GP training locally – I think back now and wonder what it would have been like not to have been such a home bird at the time."

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