News

Ageing gays go back into closet to avoid discrimination

AGEING lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in New South Wales fear discrimination in aged care, a Southern Cross University study has found.

But Robert Baldwin, co-founder of the 150-strong Older Lesbian Gay Action (OLGA) social network, believes the study underestimates the resilience of LGBTI people.

"The report's idea that people go back into the closet as they get older and need to access aged care services, while I think that's true, it's also created a lot of power in people," the 53-year-old said.

"Many LGBTI people have taken past negative experiences, stood up and said 'that'll never happen again'.

"They've built resilience from the negativity and I don't see that being acknowledged enough."

The Lismore man also believes some issues highlighted by the study are indicative of widespread problems in the aged care sector which affect the general public, not just LGBTI people.

"Whether you're gay, straight or whatever, you tend to leave much of your personal identity at the door," he said.

However, he said specific issues do rear their head, depending on the individual in care.

"Everyone's experience is different," he explained.

Mr Baldwin said continuous collaboration and discussion between older LGBTI people and aged care providers is necessary to improve inclusion and understanding.

OLGA, which started in March, 2013, offers support and social activities for senior LGBTI people living at home and in aged care, Mr Baldwin said.

The group often conducts social activities, such as croquet, and meets regularly at different locations around the Northern Rivers.

Those interested in joining the group can phone Rosalind Hawkins 0400 374 513 or email olganrivers@gmail.com.

 

Topics:  aged care ageing gay lesbian lgbt transgender



Suspected service station thief arrested

Police arrested an alleged servo thief.

Police arrest man accused of stealing cash, cigarettes from servo

80 openings for first medicinal cannabis trials

Medical cannabis trials will be starting soon.

NSW cancer patients can now apply for medical marijuana trials

This spot is the 'perfect storm' for Christmas beetle swarm

A Golden Christmas Beetle enjoying some eucalyptus leaf.

Let's hope nearby residents love these shiny beetles...

Local Partners

Hacksaw Ridge wins big in first round of AACTA Awards

Luke Bracey and Andrew Garfield in a scene from the movie Hacksaw Ridge.

THE major awards will be handed out on Wednesday night.

Paris Hilton fumes at clumsy partygoers

A reveller spilt their drink on Paris Hilton's DJ decks

Winnie Harlow isn't a role model

Winnie Harlow insists she isn't a role model.

Felicity Jones proud of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story role

Felicity Jones feels it is "important" for a woman to head Rogue One

Kiwi's plea to Ellen DeGeneres to save bakery after quake

Ellen... we need your magic.

Family had to be helicoptered out after powerful quake

Seacrest: Things are "going better" for Kim and Kanye

Ryan Seacrest says things are "going better now" for Kanye West

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!