The Rainbow Café is a new monthly group for lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans (LGBTQ) people living, or caring for someone, with dementia. The café, set up by Opening Doors London (ODL), launches on 9 October at Tavis House in London. It will offer a safe, welcoming and social environment for people to meet and gain peer support.
A diagnosis of dementia may bring many challenges, but those who are also LGBTQ can sometimes face additional isolation, and the dilemma of whether to be out about your sexuality within mainstream services. Mike cares for his partner of 40 years Tom, who is living with dementia, and said: “We’ve been through a lot, but the Rainbow Café will be a wonderful opportunity to share our experiences with other gay people and to feel we can really be ourselves.”
ODL is the UK’s largest charity providing information and support services specifically for older LGBTQ people. The charity have set up the café through the Ageing Better in Camden project – a partnership of older people and Camden organisations, working together to tackle social isolation and loneliness among older people, which is supported by Big Lottery Funding.
The first Rainbow Café is from 2-4pm on 9 October at Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square and will then be on the second Monday of the month.