A common misconception about equality is that it means treating everyone the same.
Actually, to provide lesbian, gay and bisexual people with equal treatment the NHS has to recognise that they have some very specific health needs.
Mental health is a particular concern. Our research shows 3% of gay men have attempted suicide in the last year alone and 50% of lesbians under the age of 20 have self-harmed.
These are significant health issues that the NHS needs to take seriously. To do that, it has to acknowledge that a person’s sexual orientation isn’t just a sexual health issue.
All too often, that very obvious fact seems to be forgotten.