Equality and Human Rights

11 Tufton Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3QB, 10:00, 18 November 2008

This event, which was made possible by Pfizer, brought together a number of stakeholders to discuss and explore how providers can strive to meet the housing, health and social care needs of older lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people.

It is estimated that older LGB people comprise approximately 5-7% of the population of older people in the UK. However, this group of older people is largely 'invisible'. It is generally accepted that similar to older people in general, older LGB people can be faced with issues such as ageism, social isolation, poor health and income poverty. However, previous and continued experiences of stigma and discrimination, because of their sexuality, often make the experience of growing older for LGB people one that is different from that of their heterosexual peers.

This event explored:

  • How does the experience of aging for LGB people differ from those of their heterosexual peers?
  • What are the distinct needs of older LGB people and how can they be met?
  • How can service providers ensure older LGB can access services without fear of discrimination?

Speakers included:

  • Jonathan Finney, Stonewall
  • Dr. Brian Heaphy, University of Manchester
  • David Pennells, CSCI
  • Dr. Steve Pugh, University of Salford
  • Lindsay River, Polari
  • Anthony Smith, Age Concern England
  • Nick Wallbridge, Stonewall Housing