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Starting a Breast Cancer Support Group for Lesbian and Bisexual Women

Making Us Visible was a partnership project between Sherbourne Health, Ontario Breast Cancer Community Research Initiative, Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto, Willow Breast Cancer Support and Resource Services, and the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto.

The goal of the project was to promote access to breast health and breast cancer services for lesbian and bisexual women, and it was funded by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

This tip sheet was developed by the Making Us Visible project for to help service providers to start a breast cancer support group for lesbian and bisexual women. This is important because lesbian and bisexual women’s breast cancer support groups can:

  • Create a safe space where lesbian and bisexual women living with breast cancer can support each other without fear of facing homophobia, biphobia, or heterosexism.
  • Provide culturally specific support for women with the shared experience of being lesbian and bisexual.
  • Create opportunities for meaningful connections between lesbian and bisexual women with breast cancer.
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