9 March 2020
Anchor Hanover celebrates LGBT+ History month
February was LGBT+ History Month. An informative and celebratory month highlighting LGBT+ history. Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Ruth Petzold, discusses the amazing poetry our residents produced.
Anchor Hanover is committed to diversity and inclusion. This year’s writing competition has been a wonderful way of encourage our colleagues and residents to get creative! The writing we received was touching, funny and thought provoking. Sharing these pieces of work is just one way of celebrating the diversity of our colleagues and customers, and to raise the profile of LGBT+ issues.
The theme for this year’s activity was Poetry, Prose and Plays so to recognise this we held a writing competition for our colleagues and residents. The brief was to write a poem, short story or essay around the theme of LGBT+. This could be a personal story or one inspired by history or world events. The standard of writing was really high, and the judges had a hard time choosing winners, but we are now pleased to share the winning entries.
In response to her win, Jane said “I’m absolutely thrilled to have joined a workplace that is so LGBTQ affirming... and even more delighted to have won the LGBT+ History Month writing competition! It’s been a while since I sat down to write a poem so I relished this opportunity”.
Read the winning poems:
Anchor Hanover’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Group
Our Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Trans (LGBT) Group aims to tackle concerns that moving into sheltered housing or a care home as an older LGBT+ person may be a lonely or isolating experience.
My personal gender and LGBTQ+ story
I have a lot of close friends and people I consider family who are part of the LGBTQ+ community, so days like International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia are close to my heart.
Janet recently moved into one of our schemes and has found security and contentment in her new home and a way to express her views through the Anchor LGBT+ group.