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Sexuality is just one aspect of my life, much the same as my taste in music, or my hobbies. However, growing up, I worried about how my sexuality would interfere with my desire to become a doctor. It wasn’t until around the age of 16, with the legalisation of same-sex marriage, that I started to believe that things might be different. That I could be an openly gay doctor.
Soon after, I decided to come out and live as an openly gay male. This decision was made easier by attending a sixth form that was liberal in its views on the subject. I imagined that university would be one step up from this and that more people would be open with their sexuality, as was the case for many of my friends, who entered different university courses.
However, I was surprised to find that in medical school, this wasn’t quite the case. I found that many medical students were not open about their sexuality. It seemed students were worried about disclosing their sexualities openly around their colleagues and seniors, in fear that this would somehow affect their career prospects. Some disclosed that this was made harder by the lack of representation for LGBT doctors in the field.
Was it naive to think I could be open about my sexuality in the medical field?
I wondered if my openness about my sexuality would in fact hinder my progression in my career. Could I actually be discriminated against based purely on my sexuality? This seemed very hypocritical. As doctors, we swear not to discriminate against anyone on the basis of their sexuality, but does this not apply to our colleagues? Or is it simply that some doctor only practise acceptance because the law requires them to do so for their patients?
Though these fears may appear irrational to some, placing them into context can help to show their basis. Speaking to other students, I could see why they were reluctant to be open about their sexuality. The simplest instance was an experience a friend had on the wards in his first year. He had overheard comments being made by a few doctors, about the flamboyant mannerisms of one of the openly gay junior doctors.
While the comments were not meant to be malicious, it undermines the doctor and shows a lack of respect from his colleagues. My friend was reluctant to stand up to a group of older doctors, as he was just a student. But more so, it was because he was just as flamboyant as that doctor. If they felt that way about the junior doctor, what’s to say they weren’t also making those comments about him in his absence?
Sadly, my friend spent the remainder of his placement monitoring how he acted in an attempt to cover his usual ‘flamboyance’. When it came time to receive feedback on his performance during the placement, he wondered if his mannerisms affected how he was being perceived by his doctors. Would he just be that ‘flamboyant’ medical student?
In hindsight, he shouldn’t have tried to change his mannerisms to gain the respect of his colleagues. They should respect him as a colleague and member of the team, there to help them care for patients. These are his seniors, in charge of training him to become a respected doctor in the future. If they can’t take him seriously, then how can he develop as a doctor?
Looking into this issue further, I was surprising to see that he wasn’t the only person to have experiences like this.
A survey on the experiences of LGBT doctors in the NHS found that more than 70 per cent had endured one of more types of experiences short of harassment in the previous two years related to their sexual orientation. These ranged from being unable to talk about their private life, to homophobic name calling.
The survey, carried out by the BMA and GLADD, the Association of LGBT Doctors and Dentists, also found that more than one in ten had experienced at least one form of harassment or abuse at their workplace.
It is important to recognize that the legalisation of homosexuality does not reflect a complete societal acceptance. It isn’t only the threat of physical harm that gay people have to fear. It’s the fear of social isolation. It’s the fear of not being taken seriously or being discriminated in your work place. The fear of not being given the same respect that is given to other people.
When deciding to be open about your sexuality, you have to consider the impact this will have on your working environment. Will my colleagues accept me? Will it affect my relationship with patients?
If we want the doctors of tomorrow to develop into open-minded individuals who provide a welcoming environment to their patients, we need to ensure these same doctors are being trained in a welcoming environment. After all, how can we encourage our patients to be open with us, if we cannot do the same with our colleagues?
More needs to be done to ensure equality between doctors, regardless of their sexual orientation. LGBT medical students need to see that they are supported by organisations such as the BMA, and that they will enter a field that accepts them no matter their sexual orientation.
I think this could begin with educating staff on the issues that many LGBT individuals face, not only in their work, but also in their personal lives, in the hopes that this may open up a discussion about why certain comments, no matter how harmless, should not be said. This could help to change the views of individuals who have prejudices about LGBT people.
Taylan Gumus is a medical student at St George’s, University of London
It is good to know that Doctors share this emotional bond with us as well and in my opinion, they shouldn't hesitate about it. Another thing is that, you are a doctor so you should be aware that homosexuality is not genetic problem rather a mental illness which is caused by severe curiosity. There aren't many sexuality in the present world except straight persons but we have complicated ourselves too much and fallen into this mental illness.www.prodissertationhelp.co.uk
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