I’ve never been the sort of person to allow my sexuality to prevent me from doing something. That being said I was surprised by how much of a non-issue it actually was. I’m used to correcting people and the momentary pause and quick assessment At Sunbeam Fostering Agency we recruit foster carers from a wide range of backgrounds, races and religion and sexual orientations. We encourage people from all backgrounds including those who are part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) community to become foster carers and aim to dispel any misconceptions surrounding fostering. of my character each time I reveal my sexual orientation. But every professional I have worked with from the team at Sunbeam, to my external Form F assessor and the numerous other professionals who are involved, not one has ‘batted an eyelid’. I guess it’s because all of these people work with such a varied spectrum of society that being gay is no longer an issue for them. That being said, as in any walk in life, there are some individuals (including foster children’s families) who may display homophobic behaviour. What’s important to remember is that this will not be tolerated and there is plenty of support out there if this happens. I am in a committed, long term relationship with my partner, she doesn’t live with us full time so I am classed as a single carer and she is registered as my back-up carer. I’m in no way society’s stereotypical view of a lesbian and I really don’t think it would ever occur to anyone to consider I would be one.