About this event

  • Date and time Fri 26 Jun 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:15pm
  • Location Online

Following on from last year’s inaugural LGBTQ+ Healthcare: Pride in Medicine conference, this digital event will look at the inequalities experienced by LGBTQ+ people, and what can be done to tackle them.

Now more than ever, it is important to shine a light on the healthcare inequalities present in society and find solutions to address these imbalances.

The webinar will focus on the work being done in the UK to improve healthcare for LGBTQ+ individuals, the impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ+ communities around the world, and the ways that mental health support can be improved.

This webinar will be streamed live on Zoom and will be available to watch on-demand for up to a month after the live date.

A CPD certificate with 1 CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording. 

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Key speakers

Dr Michael Brady (1)

Dr Michael Brady

National LGBT Health Advisor, Medical Director at Terrence Higgins Trust and Sexual Health & HIV consultant, King’s College Hospital

Speaker's biography

Dr Michael Brady was appointed as the National Advisor for LGBT Health at NHS England in April 2019. In this role Michael works across NHSE with the Government Equalities Office and a wide range of stakeholders, partner organisations and the LGBT community to address health inequalities for LGBT individuals and improve experience in the NHS.


Dr Michael Brady joined Terrence Higgins Trust as a Trustee in 2004 and became the organisation’s first Medical Director in 2007. Michael is also a sexual health and HIV consultant at King’s College Hospital, where he is the clinical lead for sexual health services. Michael has also worked on specific projects in an advisory capacity for BHIVA, BASHH, the RCP, NHS England and the Department of Health.

Elsa Le Pennec

Elsa Le Pennec

Human Rights Officer and LGBTI Unit Lead, Women Rights and Gender Section, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Speaker's biography

Elsa Le Pennec is a Human Rights Officer at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. Elsa works in the Women’s Human Rights and Gender Section under Thematic Engagement for the Special Procedures and Right to Development Division. 


She has been coordinating the work on the human rights of LGBTI people since September 2019. Prior to this assignment, Elsa worked for 15 years as a human rights officer in the context of complex humanitarian settings in peace operations and with OHCHR country offices in Sudan, Central African Republic, Iraq, Haiti, Mali and Panama and with the OHCHR Syria office.

Professor Elizabeth McDermott (1)

Professor Elizabeth McDermott

Professor of Health Inequality, Lancaster University

Speaker's biography

Elizabeth McDermott is a Professor of Health Inequality in the Faculty of Health & Medicine at Lancaster University. She is a public health specialist in young people’s mental health. Her research is focussed upon explaining why there are inequalities in young people’s mental health, and unravelling the mechanisms by which poor mental health is distributed unfairly across the adolescent and young adult population. Over the last two decades this research has concentrated on understanding why LGBTQ+ young people have elevated rates of poor mental health. 


As Chief Investigator, she has completed numerous studies investigating LGBTQ+ youth mental health and advises various UK Government departments on national policies which attempt to tackle this inequality. Her book titled: ‘Queer Youth, Suicide and Self-Harm: Troubled Subjects, Troubling Norms’ (Palgrave Macmillan) was published in 2016. She is currently leading a 3 year UK national study funded by the NIHR which identifies and evaluates early intervention mental health support for LGBTQ+ youth.


View the programme 26 June 2020


Dr Raj Lal Sharma, Lead of Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine’s Psychological Therapies Services

Setting the scene: LGBT Health inequalities in the UK

Dr Michael Brady, National LGBT Health Advisor

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBTI people

Elsa Le Pennec, Human Rights Officer, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Tackling LGBTQ+ young people’s mental health inequality

Professor Elizabeth McDermott, Professor of Health Inequality, Lancaster University

Panel discussion and audience Q&A

Chaired by Dr Raj Lal Sharma, and featuring all three speakers.

Close of meeting



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

All webinars will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.