Marie Curie joins Pride parade and reaches out to LGBT community

On Saturday 27 June, Marie Curie will join the Pride in London parade, celebrating equality and diversity while raising awareness of the charity’s work. A group of 40 Marie Curie staff and volunteers will join the 30,000 people who are due to take part in the parade.

It is the first time the charity has taken part in Pride in London. It is one of the biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) celebrations in the world, attracting more than 750,000 people to the capital.

Craig Pollard, chair of Marie Curie’s LGBT working group, says: “Pride began as a political movement but, over the years, has evolved into more a celebration of equality and diversity. It attracts a wide range of the British public and taking part in the parade will help us reach people who may not necessarily know what we do.”

According to research by the National Council for Palliative Care, LGBT people are more likely to move away from family and support networks, which makes end of life care a very important issue for them. At the same time, research into end of life care for LGBT people reveals that many are afraid to be open with health workers about their sexuality, for fear of not being accepted.

Craig says: “Pride gives us an opportunity to engage with the LGBT community and make sure we’re reaching even more people who need our care and support. It’s a good time to start a conversation, not only with the people we care for but also with our supporters, staff and volunteers.

“We want to raise awareness of our work and the support and advice which is available to LGBT people living with a terminal illness, and their loved ones. By being present at Pride we are showing the LGBT community that we are here for them too, and that we care for anyone living with a terminal illness without discriminating.

“We are really excited to be representing Marie Curie at Pride. Do show your support by coming along to watch the parade on Saturday. If you see us, please give us a wave and say hello!”

Find out how research funded by Marie Curie will improve care for LGBT people living with a terminal illness.