Affirming sexuality

Whilst many people reported at least some prejudice to their sexuality; some reported positive and affirming experiences in relation to their sexuality. Two contrasting examples are given here, one where an active interest was taken, and another where a much more ‘so what’ approach was taken.


Shelagh talks about her cancer diagnosis and how ‘ordinary acceptance’ of her lesbian identity by healthcare professionals throughout her cancer treatment. In particular she reflects on how the nurse specialist connected with her and her partner, a curiosity and interest without making them feel exceptional or ‘different’.


In a similar way to Sheelagh above, Alan (who had rectal cancer) talks about how he was accepted in a straightforward manner by the healthcare professionals he met, and how he identified himself as gay in a healthcare setting.