Launch event for 'LB women & breast cancer' briefing

Breast Cancer Care is launching their briefing ‘Lesbian and bisexual women and breast cancer’ at a breakfast event on 23rd March. We would like to invite you to attend the launch, which begins at 9am and will finish by 10am.

We are also looking for a lesbian or bisexual woman who has had a diagnosis of breast cancer to share their experiences at the launch. Some of the themes that came up in the research were: homophobia or discrimination by healthcare professionals, the perception/reality of heterosexuality in breast cancer services, the lack of knowledge around the slightly elevated risk of breast cancer for lesbian and bisexual women, the lack of access to specialist information and the experience of same-sex partners. If you have anything to say about any of these issues, or anything else, please contact <script type=“text/javascript”>eval(unescape(‘%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%6b%69%72%61%6e%2e%64%68%61%6d%69%40%62%72%65%61%73%74%63%61%6e%63%65%72%63%61%72%65%2e%6f%72%67%2e%75%6b%22%3e%6b%69%72%61%6e%2e%64%68%61%6d%69%40%62%72%65%61%73%74%63%61%6e%63%65%72%63%61%72%65%2e%6f%72%67%2e%75%6b%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b’))</script> or call Kiran for more details on what is involved on 020 7960 3468.

If you do not want to be a speaker but are still interested in attending the event, please RSVP to Kiran. There will be croissants, pastries and coffee and Dr. Julie Fish (author of ‘Coming Out Against Breast Cancer,’ De Montford University) and Jane Hatfield (Director of Policy at Breast Cancer Care) will be giving short presentations.

Please RSVP by 16th March. Many thanks.

That’s excellent, well done BCC.

You haven’t said where the launch event is being held, so perhaps you could add that detail?

Hi Chocciemuffin

I would think the event is being held in London at the BCC main offices but I will double check this for you

Best wishes

The launch is being held at the Breast Cancer Care offices: 5-13 Great Suffolk Street, London. SE1 0NS.

Indigo Pearl

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…ridiculous time for a meeting whether you live in London (public transport is always delayed) and, if you live outside London, ??spend a night in a hotel. Pl think again and I am neither L or bi.


Hi all,

Please don’t shoot me - I put sexual orientation into the same sort of category as race, colour, creed … basically none of my business - live & let live, that’s me.
However, when I first joined this forum and saw posts for this thread, a solitary thought crossed my little grey cells as I wondered why a separate thread was actually needed/wanted. I could see why a bloke thread but girls are girls, surely?!?
I will now eat my ‘wonders’ and say that I’m really sorry - I didn’t have a scoobie that the gals had a slightly elevated risk of BC and will now try to educate myself as to why that should be. I should also have put my brain into gear & realised that prejudice still does exist.
Sorry again girls - even though you wouldn’t have had the slightest inkling into the insight of my naievity until I just ‘outed’ my dimness!!

Best Wishes xx Chris xx

Hi - I’ve offered to go but with the previso that my particular experience is from a possibly priveliged position as my OH is an Onc in the centre where I was treated -so I got a lot of respect but still got two very direct doses of homophobia even still and some indirect…thanks for your comments Minimuchkins - it was a tricky time when this thread started so appreciate your comments.
Happy to express views of others if BCC take me up on my offer of going to the meeting. Also good to have your dvd maybe Norberte, then it gives at least two perspectives?
bw Nicola

Hi Nicola and Norberte,

A presentation that draws upon the experiences of a number of lesbian and bisexual women would be good. I would be happy to share my experience with you. I will be attending the launch.

Indigo Pearl

I’ve sent you a PM Indigo Pearl, Nicola

Hello to fellow lesbians and bisexual women on the threads. Just wanted to let you know I’ve agreed to talk for 5 mins at the BCC launch of their new research, policy and care recommendations document. I am there really just to give a patient voice to the proceedings. I’m putting together my thoughts about what I will say sometime next week so if you’d like to PM me with anything you’d like me to include either with acknowledgement to you or anonymously then please do.
Hope to see some of you there too if you can face a 9am start in London!
regards Nicola

Hi Nicola – bravo for agreeing to do this for us! Wish I could be there too, but London just too far from “up North” where I live – will be thinking of you on the day, and waiting to see BCC’s publicity about the launch.

Marilyn x

Thanks Marilyn, I’ll post about how i think its gone afterwards. I think the leaflet is positive and helpful so thats good, it gives me stuff to be positive about too, as well as being realistic about how poor some of our treatment is…I’ve decided to use the phrase “serious interuption to trust building” for the bit where someone does something like call your partner your friend, or goes a bit pink when you say your partner’s name etc etc…think it helps people who provide care to understand that we all need to trust our medical team and if we think they are prejudiced against us it isn’t easy to feel trusting or safe.
best wishes Nicola

Hi Nicola

I’ve been significantly luckier than some – our local Breast Care Unit, hospice and my onc team (who have provided my BC care for almost 14 years) have all been completely welcoming and respectful to my partner, treating her as my next-of-kin even before we had our civil partnership ceremony five years ago. I do know that others haven’t had such a good experience – great that BCC is promoting good quality standards for all of us.

Marilyn x

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Thats great Norberte, looking forward to doing a virtual joint presentation with you! Nicola

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HI everyone - I’ve finished my talk - decided to put a few powerpoint slides together in case I get upset, my favourite being my lesbian family photo…we are all smiling so thats a first! I’m really happy to let you have a look at what I plan to say but not sure how to get it to you, so perhaps if anyone wants to PM me we can work it out. Indigo Pearl , if you are on the threads between now and then, I really hope to see you there, best Nicola

I’m looking forward to hearing your talk, Nicola, and seeing your DVD, Norberte, at the launch. See you on Wednesday,

Indigo Pearl

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