I was working online yesterday when I came upon the story of an Edinburgh bar that had been the subject of a graffiti attack, having ‘Gayz Onley’ sprayed upon their walls. This bigoted act of vandalism was clearly intended to cause distress – yet another micro-aggression against anybody deemed to be ‘not like us.’
To their credit, the Dreadnought Pub in Leith, chose not to just paint over the cracks of division and hatred, but to take one further step towards inclusivity and open-ness. For the remainder of Pride Month they have turned the Dreadnought into a ‘pop-up Pride bar’, proudly renaming the Dreadnought the ‘Gayz Onley’ with a new plaque above the door, and posting huge Pride Flags in the windows.
The pub will continue to be welcoming all customers as in the words of the landlord; ‘Our policy has always been the same: be whoever you are, you’re welcome here.’
What a fantastic lesson in how to turn a mindless micro-aggression into a micro-opportunity. An opportunity to not just stand with the LBGTQ++ community against intolerance but to take one step further, and build an invitation to participate and to celebrate diversity, and all the colours of life.
At Talking Medicines we are acutely aware of how under-represented whole sections of society are in the healthcare community, including LBGTQ++. From drug design to point of care, from Pharma communications to real world outcomes, the voices of so many patients are not being heard – and excluded.
We are determined that the solutions we build to harness the digital voice of the patient amplifies all voices around the world, not just the majority, and to use that data for good. If you want to find out more about what we do, or how you or your patient group can get involved, please drop me a line.
You’re welcome here too.
Scott, Founder & Business Dev Director.