Opinion: The heartbreak of keeping quiet1 min read
The end of life can be a time of reconciliation. But often not for LGBTQ people who face rampant discrimination and are often shut out by the way people talk and listen to them. Let me give you an example.
“We’re looking for room 112,” Aurelia, the hospice nurse, told me as we exited the elevator. We were in Denver; what happened next actually occurred, though the names (except mine) are changed to protect privacy.
“Thanks for coming,” a woman said as she answered the door. “I’m Barb, Joan’s friend.”
The kitchen sink was full of dishes and 6 prescription bottles sat on the counter. “Joan’s on the couch,” Barb said. We walked along the shag carpet and there was Joan: sitting on a mid-century couch, oxygen attached, next to a worn-in piano with the music…
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