Last month was a busy time in Bucks with LGBTQ+ Adoption Week, Bisexual Health Awareness Month and the International Transgender Day of Visibility. Pride planning is also underway across the country!
Are you thinking of expanding your family through adoption? You may be as surprised as us to learn that adoptions by same-sex couples have increased from 1 in 31 to an impressive 1 in 6 in England, and the same goes for Bucks as of 2021. You may have also heard the myth that heterosexual couples are given priority over same-sex couples, which is untrue. Adoption services are more concerned with ensuring the children who are up for adoption are given a safe, loving and nurturing home – regardless of orientation or relationship status.
There have never been so many resources to help decide whether adoption is right for you. And support is readily available throughout the adoption process. Interested or curious about what’s involved? There are some free online information events coming up where you can learn about the process and ask questions. New Family Social also have podcasts interviewing LGBTQ+ individuals and couples who have gone through the process. You can find out much more about adoption in Bucks on Buckinghamshire Council’s website.
Bisexual Health Awareness Month takes place every March and puts a spotlight on the health and wellbeing of bisexual, pansexual, fluid and queer members of the community. Until recently these members of the community were often overlooked in surveys, research and support services but they actually make up the largest part of the community. #BiHealthMonth
International Transgender Day of Visibility takes place on the 30th March each year and celebrates transgender and non-binary people in the community. This is a great opportunity to stand in solidarity with this crucial part of our community and give them a voice.
We at LGBT Bucks want our readers to know that we see you, and recognise your value in our society. You can find more information on services for transgender and non-binary people on our Transgender page.
The LGBT Bucks Team