LGBT+ history month
It’s LGBT+ History Month and we wanted to take a minute to think about what it means to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and live with dementia.
Everyone is different and there is no one size fits all approach to living a happy and fulfilling life with dementia. One of the key parts of having this life is connection to the people and communities that matter most to you. It’s very important that this connection isn’t lost through your journey with dementia. Your rights as someone who is LGBT+ must always be respected, and you have the right to be treated fairly regardless of your sexual orientation or gender identity. The fact that you have dementia doesn’t change this in any way. It’s also really important that you have access to support services that you can identify with and that understand the challenges you may have faced as someone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
There can be a lot of things to think about when it comes to being LGBT+ and living a meaningful life with dementia. Our dementia advocacy project can help you to make sure you know your rights, and that those intrinsic rights are upheld at all times. Our dementia advocates can connect you with services that reflect the needs you have and make sure you stay in touch with the communities that matter to you most. Having a dementia advocate will mean you have the full range of options presented to you, these could be options that you’ve never considered, didn’t know existed or simply haven’t been told about.
By centring you and your unique identity and voice our dementia advocacy team can make sure that you have the support you need and don’t lose who you really are.