Ramses is an entrepreneur and the Managing Director of Alternative Care Services, the UK’s first LGBT+ focused care provider. He is a passionate campaigner for LGBT+ rights and a transgender black man who has worked alongside a number of charities.
“As a black person one of the ways I campaign for LGBT+ equality is by being really visible, particularly in the BAME community. There’s still a lot of stigma and prejudice so it’s important for me to be open and present so that people see it’s ok to be themselves.
"I set up Alternative Care Services in 2016. We provide care to adults in their homes in Camden and across London. So many aspects of life, including care, are hetero normative and if someone feels judged or unable to express who they are this has a huge impact on their quality of life. All care providers need to be able to understand LGBT+ experiences.
"I can’t think of any other borough like Camden, it’s such a melting pot. Opening Doors is a fantastic LGBT+ space. Recently I bumped into my neighbour there, we’d lived in the same building for years and never spoken but now we chat all the time.
"I love Pride in London, one of my favourite memories was last year when I marched with FTM London. We were right at the front of the march and there was a bus for everyone in the group with mobility issues. It was our 21st birthday as well so we gave out lots of cakes in the trans colours, it was a fantastic day.
"Although LGBT+ equality has come a long way there’s still more to be done. The care referrals process should be changed to reflect the diversity of our community and therefore shouldn’t assume everyone is heterosexual. People are really suffering with their mental health and I think a lot of this is because they feel different. Society wants people to be ‘standard’ or ‘average’ but we need to realise that people aren’t standard, we’re all individuals and we should embrace everyone’s differences.”