LGBT+ Network

This is the PDA LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Pharmacists' Network.

The network was launched by the PDA in April 2020 as part of their work to meet the demands of their growing membership and advance their work on equality.


  • Scott Rutherford elected as the first President of the PDA LGBT+ Network

    Thu 3rd June 2021 The PDA

    Thank you to everyone that took part in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) Pharmacists' Network elections. The Network is pleased to introduce the newly elected PDA LGBT+ Network Officers, who will also be working closely with the other PDA Equality Networks. 

  • LGBT+ Pharmacists’ Network Newsletter – April 2021

    Sat 17th April 2021 The PDA

    In the latest LGBT+ Pharmacists’ Network Newsletter, find out how to nominate in the upcoming elections and read first-hand stories and experiences of LGBT+ Network Members. 

  • Staccato: Personal notes by a respiratory pharmacist during the Covid-19 pandemic

    Thu 15th April 2021 The PDA

    In our latest LGBT+ Network Member article, Ameet Vaghela (he/him), lead pharmacist for respiratory and allergy services shares his personal notes of working as a hospital pharmacist during the Covid-19 pandemic. 'Staccato' was first published as part of a writing competition for pharmacists. 

  • Just Like Us #YoungerMe campaign

    Wed 14th April 2021 The PDA

    In our latest LGBT+ Network Member article, third-year pharmacy student Scott Rutherford highlights the role we all play in educating ourselves and the people around us on inclusively to ensure that everyone feels safe and welcome whether that be in schools, colleges, university, or in the workplace. Scott also discusses the benefits of the Just Like Us charity that works to empower the young LGBT+ community.  

  • Being ‘out’ as part of the LGBT+ community at work

    Tue 13th April 2021 The PDA

    Research carried out by Stonewall in 2018 discovered that when at work, becoming 'out' and open about your sexuality if you are part of the LGBT+ community was still a problem. Over 35% of LGBT+ workers admitted hiding their identity at work due to fear of discrimination, with this rising to 42% for LGBT+ BAME colleagues and 51% for transgender staff.  

  • Being BAME and LGBT+: My personal coming out story

    Tue 13th April 2021 The PDA

    In our latest LGBT+ Network Member article, Community Pharmacist Vimal Patel shares his personal coming out story. He also explores what it's like to be both BAME and LGBT in the community.  

  • LGBT+ Network invites nominations for upcoming elections

    Tue 13th April 2021 The PDA

    The PDA LGBT+ Pharmacists' Network has grown substantially over the last year and in the coming weeks, the PDA will be running an election for LGBT+ Officers to lead the network.  

  • LGBT+ History Month 2021

    Mon 15th February 2021 The PDA

    In the UK, LGBT+ History Month is celebrated during the month of February in order to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 repeal of Section 28 in England and Wales, which declared that local authorities were not allowed to ‘intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality.’ Section 28 was abolished earlier in Scotland, in 2000. 

  • PDA celebrates reaching over 1,500 members across four equality networks in the first year

    Mon 4th January 2021 The PDA

    The PDA is celebrating reaching more than 1,500 memberships across the organisation’s four equality networks within the first year of their activity, demonstrating the importance to pharmacists of equality at work. 

  • LGBT+ Pharmacists’ Network Newsletter – December 2020

    Thu 17th December 2020 The PDA

    Welcome to the first PDA LGBT+ Pharmacists' Network newsletter! The network provides a structure through which members can work together to proactively address and campaign around sexual orientation discrimination and its causes and consequences. 

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