Dr. Michael Brady, the Medical Director of the Terence Higgins Trust has been named as the first national advisor for LGBTQ healthcare.

The government has appointed Dr. Michael Brady as its first-ever national advisor for LGBTQ healthcare. In his new role, Dr. Brady will oversee healthcare for LGBTQ patients and offer advice on how to tackle inequalities within the healthcare system.

Dr. Brady, who will take up the role on 1 April, said: “I’m delighted to be chosen to advise government and the NHS on the work that needs to be done to improve the health and well-being of LGBT communities.

“I want to ensure that every LGBT person is treated with dignity and respect and receives the right information, treatment, and care.

“I want all healthcare workers to understand the needs of LGBT individuals and for everyone to feel comfortable and confident that they will be treated fairly when they access healthcare.”

Alongside this announcement, the government also announced the names of its 12 person advisory panel on LGBTQ rights. The panel, which is made up of LGBTQ experts and rights workers, will advise the government on tackling issues like “conversion therapy, improving access and tackling inequality in healthcare.”

The names on the panel are Catherine Meads, a Professor of Health at the Angela Ruskin University; S. Chelvan, a specialist in international human rights and LGBTQ asylum seeker cases; Ellen Murray, the executive director of Transgender Northern Ireland; James Morton, the manager of the Scottish Trans Alliance and member of the Parliamentary Forum on Gender Identity; Jayne Ozanne, the director of the Ozanne Foundation; Lewis Turner, the chief executive of Lancashire LGBT; Marcel Varney, the assistant director of children’s services at Barnardo’s; Paul Dillane, the executive director of Kaleidoscope Trust; Paul Martin, the chief executive of the LGBT Foundation; Ruth Hunt, the chief executive of Stonewall; Paul Roberts, the chief executive of Consortium; and Stevie-Jade Hardy, an Associate Professor on Criminology at the University of Leicester, and an expert on equalities and hate crime.

Commenting on the appointments, Penny Mordaunt, the Women and Equalities Minister said: “Dr. Brady and the experts on our new Panel will give LGBT people and those working on their behalf a direct route to speak to government and shape policy on decisions that affect their daily lives.

“Everyone should be able to love who they wish to and live their life free from fear and discrimination. That’s why we are working at pace with organizations and across government to make sure our Action Plan can bring about real, lasting change for LGBT people in the UK.”