Equality and Human Rights

Attlee Room, House of Lords, 15:30, 19 October 2011

Age UK and the International Longevity Centre – UK held the parliamentary launch reception “Celebrating Intergenerational Diversity in the LGBT Community” on the 19 October 2011 from 15.30-17.00 in the Attlee Room, House of Lords.

Between Autumn 2010 and Spring 2011, three intergenerational projects took place in Camden, Leicester and Stockport that were among the first of their kind. The projects were the first to bring older and younger members of the LGBT communities together and did so through the medium of arts, advocacy and history to share and learn new skills, improve understanding between younger and older people, foster mutual support and celebrate the heritage. The intergenerational projects were delivered in partnership with local Age UK branches (Camden, Leicester and Stockport) and Gendered Intelligence (Camden), Leicester Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Centre, and Stockport Youth Services and also enlisted the help of other institutions including the Central School of Speech and Drama, the University of Leicester and the University of Salford to support their aims.

At the reception an evaluation report of the projects, an evidence review of the potential for intergenerational work among the LGBT community, and a toolkit to inspire future work in the field were launched. Speakers at the event included:

  • Brian Paddick, Liberal Democrat London mayoral candidate
  • David Roper, also known as one part of ‘Four Poofs and a Piano’
  • Antony Smith, Age UK Development Officer for Equalities and Human Rights
  • Dr. Jack Watters, MD, Vice President, External Medical Affairs, Pfizer

The parliamentary reception was 'by invitation only', but requests to attend were considered on a case by case basis.