Blogs from members of The National Rainbow Network

Here you will find updates and stories from members of The National Rainbow Network.

Blog 1 – Stephen Stokes, Financial Services Coordinator, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Foundation Trust.

“I have always tried to shy away from being myself, hiding who I truly am. In a professional setting I was always taught to not disclose my sexuality, and to try and keep “personal” things personal. Going into my working life with this mindset has really hindered my own development. I should be proud of who I am and not conform to make others comfortable. It has been a long journey, and I still feel I have a lot to learn, but I am a lot more open and content with how I am perceived by my peers. I put this down to networks such as the One NHS Finance Rainbow Network and our own Local ID&E Network. Having the chance to hear others’ stories has allowed me to develop and see things through a whole new lens. It really is true that there is strength in numbers, and I am so grateful that I am one of those numbers.”

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