LGBTQIA+ WAY Member Stories

Hi, I’m Jo . Apart from being Chair of WAY I'm part of our LGBTQIA+ community and work with the many members, staff and volunteers to help make WAY the amazingly inclusive and supportive group it is, whoever you are. 


Jo, WAY Chair

I am really proud to be part of a charity that supports people who have lost their partner at a young age – married or not, with or without children, inclusive of sexual orientation, gender, race and religion. During Pride Month, we will be focusing on reaching out to people in the LGBTQIA+ people to make sure they know we're here for them, if they need us. WAY has been such a lifeline for me and I want to make sure everyone who's been widowed at a young age knows about our peer support network.

Our many and varied LGBTQIA+ members provide amazing levels of support to each other through all the channels available to our members. From chats to subgroups to meet ups and events. 

When my wife died in April 2017 I was devastated and didn’t know where to turn for support. I discovered WAY and met a community of wonderful people, some married, some not, some with kids, some not, from all walks of life, cultures and sexual orientations. It took me strength to join but it’s the best club that nobody wants to belong to. 

Peer to peer support brings empathy and understanding, people you can talk to that truly get what you're going through and a group of like-minded people that are there for you every step of the way. 

Hear from more of our wonderful members


Griffyn

Griffyn

"I joined WAY over a year after Chris died, because I was still searching for that connection. What I found was a totally welcoming community. Everyone either already understood, or truly wanted to."

Griffyn shares his story of finding WAY and volunteering after his husband Chris died.


 


Suzanne

Suzanne

"The LGBTQ+ group is a little glittery place of fabulousness filled with people who are looking after each other and shouting out for each other."

Suzanne shares her story of being widowed and then finding support with grief through the WAY LGBTQ+ community.


 


Maria

Maria

"It was an amazing experience and I finally got that I’m not alone in my journey, that everyone out there singing and dancing was living their life as they wanted to do, enjoying life as themselves."

WAY Ambassador Maria Margetts writes about what Pride means to her.


 


Katie and Michelle

Katie

"Getting my emotions down felt therapeutic and allowed me to make sense of some of the feelings and begin to process the losses I had experienced."

WAY member Katie tells us how writing became an outlet for her grief when her wife died. Read their story.


 


Jerry and Andrew

Andrew

"In the midst of this awful, devastating time, the unconditional love and acceptance his family has shown has been humbling."

Andrew shares his story of the love for his partner Jerry and coming out to Jerry's family just before his death.


 


Lisa and Linda's wedding day

Lisa

"She always said I was the bravest person that she knew, but to me it was her that was the bravest... for believing in me."

Lisa and other WAY members share their stories for Pride month.