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The ILC-UK launches publications considering intergenerational diversity among LGBT people

Between Autumn 2010 and Spring 2011, three intergenerational projects took place in different areas of England to promote solidarity and improve relations between different generations of the LGBT community. The ILC-UK in partnership with AGE UK have produced an evidence review examining some of the specific issues and challenges facing older and younger LGBT people and the potential for intergenerational work, a detailed evaluation report of the projects and a tool kit to highlight best practice and inspire future LGBT intergenerational reports.

The ILC-UK identified a series of outcomes and key learning opportunities arising from the projects:

  • Unifying a diverse community.
  • Reducing age stereotypes.
  • Development of social skills and confidence.
  • Development of practical skills.
  • Exposure of young LGBT people to older LGBT people role models.
  • Improved understanding of the needs of older and younger LGBT people.
  • Preservation and increased awareness of LGBT history.
  • Sharing life-course experiences.
  • Promoting the visibility of the LGBT community.

The ILC-UK also has made a number of recommendations for improving further the outcomes of future LGBT intergenerational work:

  • Further work is needed to understand the benefits of intergenerational work among the LGBT community.
  • The success of intergenerational projects is often dependent on involving existing youth and older people’s networks. Therefore they need to be preserved in a time of cuts.
  • The Localism Bill should include greater safeguards to ensure the rights of marginalised or minority populations are able to access amenities and services locally protected.
  • The ILC-UK call for a greater recognition of the value of soft outcomes that may result from projects such as LGBT intergenerational work.
  • The ILC-UK call for specific funding to be set aside for projects that aim to strengthen intergenerational relations.

The ILC-UK organised the launch of the reports on 19 October 2011. The event was hosted by Baroness Sally Greengross OBE and the speakers included:

  • Stephen Burke, Director of United for All Ages
  • David Roper, musician and also known as “Four Poofs and a Piano”
  • Dr Jack Watters, Vice President, External Medical Affairs, Pfizer
  • Antony Smith, Development Officer - Equalities and Human Rights, Age UK

An executive summary and copies of the reports are available to download below:

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