I was interested in the comments on the LGBT forum and your reason for posting "I knew that some people opposed having a separate LGBT section and so I wanted to know if it really could work."
My opinion is, whilst understanding the concerns and and anxieties of some in having this forum I do believe it serves a useful purpose. Whilst we are all united in common with Dementia, it is the lifestyle effects that are so central to caring and managing it. LGBT people have some very unique issues, some of which may either not be understood or not wished to be understood by those whose age, culture or religion forbid our sexuality. Of course we have much to offer each other but there are some where a minority feel safer confiding or sharing, knowing that readers should expect to be confronted by moral and ethical issues that they may have little or no experience of. I would agree that users are encouraged to use general forums as well. If not the accusation that we (LGBT) individuals are creating our own ghetto by removing ourselves from the mainstream and this is an equitable accusation.
On a personal level I don't think I would have "come out on TP" so readily had there not been a forum. After I developed lots of new Hetero frinds on TP who read the LGBT forum, I then felt comfortable enough and known enough to go more mainstream!
Love and kiss
PS I have decided I will post this on forum as well