In the world we live in today we often hear on the news about incidents of discrimination. Whether its a racist attack because of the colour of someones skin or religion or simply because of the clothes someone wears.
Discrimination is a poison which threatens to eat away at a happy and gentile society. Animals don’t discriminate. My cats will happily be petted by anyone warm and kind to them. They also sometimes snub me and treat me with contempt but they’re the same with everyone so thats not discrimination thats c-attitude!
This year I’ve been reminded more that the natural world does not discriminate. This recent article in the Mirror listing celebrity deaths of 2016 so far. It’s easy to assume money and fame can buy what you want but, I guess many of our dearly departed household names would have happily traded wealth for health.
Looking through the list theres a range of illnesses which brought about an untimely end but, the one that strikes a chord with me is cancer. Fame and fortune don’t matter to cancer and neither does your sexual orientation. That’s one of the reasons I set up LGBT Cancer Support.
Whilst walking every step of my husband’s cancer journey with him we became aware there was no support for us as gay men. There were cancer support groups and groups for those with brain tumours, (Steve had a Glioblastoma Multiforme – Grade IV brain tumour) but none for the LGBT community.
We are a LGBT charity but you don’t have to be gay to contact us. We don’t discriminate. We offer support to the LGBT community, their families and friends affected by cancer. We hope you will never need us, but we are here if you do.
About the author: Mark is the founder of LGBT Cancer Support a charity he set up after losing his husband to cancer.