Hello Everyone, This is my first post here, so please bear with me My name is Liz. I'm a lecturer in social work and am currently working on a study that is exploring the experience of dementia from an exclusively gay and lesbian carers' perspective. Whilst carers' experiences generally have received some research attention, some minority groups, including gay men and lesbians, have been largely left out of the picture. I have recent practice as a Specialist Social Worker for older people with mental health problems and am very aware that professionals rarely, if ever, consider gay and lesbian issues as part of their day-to-day interactions with people. I’m hoping, therefore, that this work will complement the work being done by members of the gay and lesbian carers' network to bring some of the issues facing gay men and lesbians with dementia and their carers to a wider audience. I’m keen to talk to gay men and lesbians who care (in whatever capacity) for someone who has dementia. I'd also love to hear from you if you too are gay or lesbian and have the diagnosis yourself. I'm wary of posting great long reams of stuff so, if you'd like to become involved or just want to know more about the work, do let me know. Many thanks, Liz.