June is Pride Month, and Compassion & Choices staff and volunteers are celebrating at events nationwide again this year. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals have had on history. C&C Regional Campaign and Outreach Manager and LGBT Liaison Mark Dann and his team are sending “Pride in a Box” packages to get the conversation started among event participants. The goal is to make it easy for people to spread the word about Compassion & Choices at LGBT events.
Supporters in states from Arizona to Ohio have already requested “Pride in a Box” to use in their outreach activities. “For some time, I have been concerned with end-of-life issues,” said advocate Allen Vander Linden of Des Moines, IA. “I thought this may well be something that we can fit in our ‘Gay and Gray’ Senior Summit program.”
The LGBT and end-of-life options communities’ paths intersect often, and our objectives are ideologically very similar. Both movements work toward expanding personal freedoms and the ability to make choices based on personal values and beliefs. But people in nontraditional relationships can face additional challenges at the end of life, with varying degrees of legal partnership, marital status and hospital visitation rights. Careful end-of-life planning will help ensure that LGBT patients and their families know and understand all end-of-life care options and wishes.