And it’s an important story, since going through a diagnosis of dementia as an LGBT+ couple a whole new layer of challenges and added stigma when seeking .
For some people, having to ‘come out’ to health and social care services can be extremely difficult for fear of hostility or prejudice, but hiding parts of your identity can be very stressful, especially through a diagnosis of dementia. It can also be a challenge for people to assert their identity as their condition develops, which can be very distressing – for example, care providers may not use the person’s preferred terms to describe their sexuality, gender identity, or their relationship with their partner.
‘Supernova’ presents a short period in the lives of Tusker and Sam and doesn’t delve into issues faced in the later stages of dementia, like paying for the cost of care, or developing a care plan as a gay person. But what rings most true about this film, and what makes it beautiful, is the relationship between the two men and the strength of love between them in the face of loss. This pride month, that’s a really important story to tell.