LGBTQ+ Health and Wellbeing: Patients, Parents and Physicians

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LGBTQ+ Health and Wellbeing: Patients, Parents and Physicians | 24 June 2021 | 5:30pm - 7:00pm

About this webinar

RCPI is proud to invite you to the LGBTQ+ Health and Wellbeing webinar as part of a celebration of Pride 2021. This webinar is the first of its kind at RCPI and is an exciting opportunity to hear from speakers in areas such as sexual health, trans health, the law affecting LGBTQ+ people and experiences of LGBTQ+ doctors working in the Irish health service - issues which affect LGBTQ+ patients, parents and physicians.

The webinar is open to RCPI Trainees, Members and Fellows and all medical professionals. Professor Mary Horgan, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland will open the event.

Speakers and Topics

  • Experience of LGBTQ+ Doctors
    Dr Fionán Donohoe & Dr Maggie O’Brien, Trainees in Obstetrics & Gynaecology

  • Trans Health in Ireland
    Dr Vanessa Lacey, Health and Education Manager, Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI)

  • Sexual Health and the LGBTQ+ Community
    Dr Michael Brady, National Adviser for LGBT Health, NHS England & Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV, Kings College Hospital, London

  • LGBTQ+ Families and the Law
    Dr Lydia Bracken, Assistant Dean, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Limerick

These talks will be followed by a live question and answer session.

Can't attend? Recordings will be available to watch online afterwards

There are limited places available for the live webinar. If you are unable to book a place, you will be able to watch videos of all of the talks on Panopto, our video sharing platform.

How to join this webinar

First, you must book your place at the webinar on this web page. On the day, you must sign into our virtual learning environment RCPI Brightspace. 

On the day of the event, the steps are:

  • Log in to with your username and password (the same credentials used to book this event)
  • Click on the link for RCPI Brightspace
  • In your list of courses you will see LGBTQ+ Health and Wellbeing: Patients, Parents and Physicians. Click on this.
  • Click on "Join the Live Webinar" - This will launch Zoom, the system we are using for live webinars

Note, the webinar will only become available to watch at 5:30pm on the day, but we recommend logging in ten minutes ahead of time. 

To join this webinar on Zoom you will need a computer (Windows or Apple) or mobile device with internet access and speakers.

If you're joining on a computer

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How to submit questions to the panel

Before the event

If you have any questions for our panel please email them to and we will endeavour to have these answered as part of the event. Alternatively, you can submit questions via Twitter @RCPI_news.

During the event

We are now using Zoom to broadcast our live webinars. When you open Zoom to watch the live webinar you will be able to submit questions to the panel during the event.

To submit questions to the panel:

  • Open the Q&A window in Zoom while you are watching the live event
  • Type your question into the Q&A box and click Send
  • Check Send Anonymously if you do not want your name attached to your question in the Q&A

It may not be possible to answer all questions we receive.

Dr Fionán Donohoe
Dr Fionán Donohoe is a graduate of UCD School of Medicine, a Member of RCPI and RCOG, and holds an MSc in Health Care Leadership from UCC. He is currently a clinical fellow at the Mater Hospital, Dublin and is pursuing an MD on women’s cancer survivorship. Dr. Donohoe served as lead NCHD at the Coombe Women and Infants Hospital in 2017 and Chair of the RCPI’s Health and Wellbeing Committee 2018/2019.

Dr Donohoe’s master’s thesis was entitled “An exploration of the lived experiences of openly gay and lesbian Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors in Ireland”. He campaigned for marriage equality in 2015 and benefited from its passing in 2017!

Dr Maggie O'Brien
Dr Maggie OBrien is a registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology currently working in Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar. She is a graduate of both the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland where she was awarded her medical degree and Trinity College Dublin where she holds a degree in Medicinal Chemistry. In 2020, she was awarded the Rory O’Connor memorial medal for her performance at the MRCPI examination in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She will be taking up the position of Maternal Medicine Fellow in July in The National Maternity Hospital. She lives in Wicklow with her wife.

Dr Vanessa Lacey
Vanessa has worked with TENI since 2010, currently she is the Health and Education Manager. In her role she designs and delivers transgender related training for health care professionals throughout Ireland. She was directly responsible for creating the family support group TransParenCI in 2011, which currently support over 280 families. Vanessa has a BA (hon) Psychology and a PhD in Philosophy. Her research focussed on grief and loss experienced by adult trans women and families of adult trans women. Vanessa has worked on numerous occasions with media, and is a published author, both in media and academically. She is a member of various HSE (Irish health service) and TUSLA (Irish family agency) committees on both national and regional level. Vanessa is also a member of the World Professional Association of Transgender Healthcare (WPATH) and it’s European version (EPATH). She is also a proud parent.

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

Michael is also an HIV and Sexual Health consultant at Kings College Hospital in London and the Medical Director of the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Dr Lydia Bracken
Dr Lydia Bracken is the Assistant Dean, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) and a lecturer at the School of Law, University of Limerick. Lydia researches the areas of child and family law, with a particular focus on the legal recognition of ‘non-traditional’ and ‘new’ families. Lydia is the author of two books, Same-Sex Parenting and the Best Interests Principle (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and Child Law in Ireland (Clarus Press, 2018), and has published her research in high-ranking national and international journals. Lydia is currently undertaking an Irish Research Council-funded project on LGBTI+ Families in Ireland: Legal Recognition of Parent-Child Relationships in partnership with LGBT Ireland.