This Pride Month, we are championing some valuable resources for the older LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual)+ community as well as attempting to raise awareness of the issues they might face.
The LGBT foundation says “Laws change, but attitudes can be harder to shift.” This can be especially true for people who are perhaps in their 70s, 80s and 90s, as they have witnessed the progression of LGBTQIA+ rights throughout their lifetime so far. Whilst it is encouraging to see how far laws and attitudes have come, there are still issues faced by the older LGBTQIA+ community in relation to access to healthcare, social isolation, mental health, and the intersection between, living as an older LGBTQIA+ person with dementia.
Below are some resources which are designed to offer either direct support or knowledge to anybody who might need it.
Glossary of Terms
Stonewall, a leading LGBTQIA+ charity, has a handy list of acronyms and terms commonly used within LGBTQIA+ communities, which you can look at below:
Switchboard Helpline – 0300 330 0630
This confidential helpline provides information, support and referral services for LGBTQIA+ people and anyone considering issues around their sexuality and/or gender identify.
Stonewall’s ‘Working with Older LGBTQIA+ People’ document
This guide for care and support service professionals gives s practical advice to organisations providing care and support services about
how to meet the needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
Opening Doors London (ODL)
Opening Doors London provides regular social opportunities and events to help develop networks, communities and create friendships for LGBTQ+ people, aged over 50. Membership is free.
Consortium LGBT – Members Directory
Consortium works to build the resource, sustainability and resilience of LGBTQIA+ organisations. They have a directory of these resources, which you can use to search for groups in your area.
Age UK – LGBT
Age UK has a section on their website for LGBTQIA+ resources including how to deal with discrimination, staying physically and mentally healthy, staying connected and more.
MindOut is a mental health charity for the LGBTQIA+ community, with specific resources dedicated to those within the community who are aged 50+.