The first ever UK conference aiming to improve end of life care for lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender people will be taking place tomorrow (21 June).
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will be the key note speaker of the London event, attended by policy makers, service providers, academics, and people with real life experience of LGBT end of life care.
Tatchell says: ‘LGBT people continue to be at risk of being let down by end of life care services. Many fear prejudice and isolation.
‘They are not always treated with dignity and respect when they are dying.’
Sam Turner, Director of Public Engagement at the National Council for Palliative Care and one of the conference speakers said good end of life care should be about making people feel safe and secure.
He said: ‘We only have one chance to get end of life care right for people who are dying, which is why it is so important that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are able to access high quality and appropriate care and support when they are dying.’
The conference will take place on the same day that the National End of Life Care Programme publishes a new guide on end of life care for LGBT people, developed following consultation and discussion groups held across the country.
Tatchell added: ‘Becoming seriously ill and knowing you are dying is distressing enough without the added stress of worrying your carers may not accept you if they know you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
‘Fear of homophobic prejudice, rejection and neglect is very real and continues to damage people’s lives.’
The event is free and welcome to all. For bookings and more information click here.