A scheme in Greater Manchester aims to end older LGBT inequality.
Sir Ian Mckellen has teamed up with British charity LGBT Foundation to create Pride in Ageing.
Since June this year, the campaign will be aiming to tackle social isolation and ensure “access to inclusive housing and care” for people over 50.
A spokesman for the foundation said the project also aimed to “celebrate the positive aspects of being an LGBT person in mid-to-later life” and, alongside working with a number of agencies across the region, would bring people together to “share their stories” and build a “community of active and empowered people”..
He said their research had found about 60% of LGBT people over 50 in the area were “not confident that social care and support services would be able to understand and meet their needs”, while over 40% had the same concerns about mental health services..
Sir Ian said that “although the laws have changed, attitudes haven’t altogether”..
“You want to feel you are surrounded by, at least, friendship and, on occasions, love and respect and all those things can be missing if people slip back into the old attitudes.”
LGBTI Founders Day.
Gay Star News partnered with Barclays in September 2018 to launch the very first global event celebrating LGBTI elders.
The annual LGBTI Founders Day focused on gay, lesbian, bi and trans icons over 50 and their victories as well as their struggles.
Beloved TV presenter Sandi Toksvig was the keynote speaker for the event. She pointed out that although we’ve come a long way in terms of rights there ‘was still a long way to go’.
We need LGBT Care Homes!
- [Source: www.gaystarnews.com and BBC News]