This month marks LGBT History Month, its aim is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public and think about what more there is to do within our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.
The theme for this year 2018 is Geography: Mapping Our World.
Carers UK estimate there are 390,000 LGBT carers in the UK and yet these carers from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities may not always feel they are being acknowledged as a valuable member of their local community and there may be LGBT-specific barriers to them accessing local services and support as well as the usual barriers experienced by carers.
Following the research from many organisations although most carers may have had a positive experience, some LGBT carers may have felt discouraged from taking part in local community decision-making for fear that their voices are not wanted and will not be heard. At times the fear of discrimination can prevent LGBT people from seeking services or disclosing their sexuality or gender.
As a society we need to do more to ensure we have more inclusive services to support all carers in their caring role. Carers UK provide further help and support for LGBT carers at www.carersuk.org/search/lgbtq-caring
There are lots of events happening around the country to mark LGBT History Month for further information visit www.lgbthistorymonth.org.uk