A national monthly support group for gay and bisexual men – thought to be the first of its kind – launched in April.
Out with Prostate Cancer aims to give gay and bisexual men the chance to talk openly about how prostate cancer affects them.
Monthly meetings are being hosted by the Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) at their Community Resource Centre in central Manchester. But it’s open to men from across the UK, and April’s inaugural meeting included men from London and the South-East.
Andrew Gilliver, LGF’s Campaign and Engagement Manager, explains why the group matters:
"This was quite a big deal because so many men affected by prostate cancer don’t feel comfortable talking about the intimate and private concerns they have when diagnosed with such a debilitating condition, let alone discussing issues of sex and sexuality.
"Some of the conversations would be unheard of in other settings but were incredibly important and reassuring to discuss with peers. Each group member had a story to tell that helped inform others and no-one was embarrassed about discussing their own experiences."
The group was facilitated by Martin Wells, himself a long-term prostate cancer survivor. Martin talks about coming to terms with changes to his sex life in one of our videos about dealing with treatment side effects.
Out With Prostate Cancer is being supported by the LFG, Prostate Cancer UK and Malecare Cancer Support.
To find out more, email Out with Prostate Cancer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read the Prostate Cancer UK and Stonewall report on the needs of gay and bisexual men with prostate cancer.