The official launch of the Rainbow Cafe took place today with a thought-provoking, enlightening and emotional performance of ‘The Purple List’, a play which tells the story about a same-sex couple coming to terms with a diagnosis of dementia. It is important to recognise the isolation that carers can face when supporting someone with dementia. It is equally pertinent to realise that the carers are often faced with also having to deal with homophobia.

The Rainbow Cafe provides a supportive, inclusive space for LGBTQ+ people concerned about memory loss or dementia and their friends, loved ones and carers. The initiative, run by Brighton and Hove LGBT Switchboard and supported by Age UK, Brighton and Hove Dementia Action Alliance and the Rainbow Fund, is a timely addition to city-wide services for LGBTQ+ people and the move to making Brighton and Hove a dementia-friendly city. You can get more information from  rainbow.cafe@switchboard.org.uk or call on 01273 234009.

The first five meeting dates have been set, however organisers hope that those using the service will help inform how future meetings are run and where they are held.

Meeting dates

  • 22nd March 2018, 11am to 1pm
  • 12th April 2018, 11 am to 1pm
  • 10th May 2018, 11 am to 1pm
  • 14th June 2018, 11 am to 1pm
  • 12th July 2018, 11 am to 1pm

The first five meetings will  be at Brooke Mead, Albion Street, Brighton BN2 9PY, UK