The drive for better care for older LGBT people: ‘I won’t put up with prejudice’

A training play for care homes and ‘older LGBT champion’ badges are among initiatives addressing diversity awareness

Sue Lister cannot stand the thought of older LGBT people in care living in fear of discrimination – and she’s not going to wait for things to change.

“When I reach the time of going into a care home, I need to know that all the staff and residents know about my partner, Ann, and my entire life history,” says the 72-year-old. “I’m not going to put up with any kind of prejudice or discrimination, and I’m not prepared to wait 10 or 20 years [until] the younger generation, which is far more open-minded, is older.”

The first generation to have lived their whole adult lives after the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967 are now reaching their later years. The chances are that every facility is home to someone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), but as the subject is still taboo among many older people, care staff are not always aware.

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