2. Your legal rights
It is illegal for someone providing a service, such as a care home, to treat anyone unfavourably - to discriminate against them - on the grounds of sexual orientation. The Equality Act 2010, which applies in England and Wales, also requires providers such as care homes to actively promote equal opportunities for lesbian and gay clients.
These areas are covered by a different law in Northern Ireland - the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (NI) 2006.