Since the advent of the AIDS crises, LGBTQ+ people have been at the forefront of advocating for improving end-of-life care and dismantling discrimination in healthcare settings. Yet despite the numerous groundbreaking victories of the LGBTQ+ movement, many continue to struggle to get the care and representation they want at the end of life. Decision-making authority that would be automatically bestowed to partners in heterosexual relationships may be actively denied in same-sex relationships, and life partners may be prevented access to one another at the end of life.
The LGBTQ+ equality movement and the end-of-life options movement are intertwined and share many core values, including bodily autonomy. Compassion & Choices has a long history of partnering with the LGBTQ+ community to secure end-of-life options for all.