Helanna Bowler-Irvine

Helanna Bowler-Irvine

Elected Chair / Director & CEO
helanna.irvine@graveshampride.org
MY BRIEF

Co-ordination of the Committee, Public & Media Relations, Event Host & Training Officer

MY STORY

I’m a child of the section 28 generation who came out in my teens at an all girls school… as you can image that did not turn out so well! Experiencing first hand the damage it can do when people are placed in an environment where LGBTQ+ matters are totally taboo I made a promise to myself to never to stay quiet and ashamed again. Although I am an activist, educator and rebel at heart, first and foremost I will always be a mother and wife.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
I now work in the NHS mental health services educating and encouraging both staff and patients to be out, proud and loud! I also advise and advocate for improved services for the LGBTQ+ community and provide training for staff on providing care for LGBTQ+ patients.
MY PERSONAL PRIDE
Pride for me will always be an opportunity to educate and inform. It is a way to educate those outside the community about us and educate the community about itself.
WHY I DO THIS
Gravesham is a rich and diverse community which has a large LGBTQ+ population and I want to provide them with the recognition and support they deserve.