Age is just a number
Posted on 30 Aug 2018

Birmingham LGBT has unveiled its new campaign, which aims to increase visibility for LGBT people aged 50 and over...

Have you ever considered what it might be like to be an ageing member of the LGBTQ+ community? What it might be like to be the only gay in the retirement block, or how difficult it might be to keep your rainbow in later life?

Research carried out by Birmingham LGBT in 2016 concluded that ‘there’s an emphasis on youth being central to participation in LGBT communities’. Similar research carried out by Stonewall highlighted that social isolation is a real issue for older LGBT people, with significantly more of them likely to be living alone - 41%, in fact - than their heterosexual counterparts (28%).

As a result of these findings, Birmingham LGBT has launched  Ageing With Pride, a year-long campaign aimed at promoting the lives and lived experiences of older LGBT people within Birmingham.

The campaign - funded by the Big Lottery - focuses on the positive contributions made by those over the age of 50 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. A wider remit aims to tackle the ageism faced within the LGBT community, both locally and from society in general.  

Ambassadors from all walks of life and backgrounds have been recruited to help promote the key messages of Ageing With Pride across the city. By visiting care homes, GP surgeries, community centres, hospitals and libraries - armed with knowledge and materials - they will spread the message about how to improve areas and services in respect of inclusion for older LGBT persons.

Speaking of the importance of delivering the campaign to the community, Birmingham LGBT Director Steph Keeble, said: “I’m really excited that we’re able to deliver this campaign. The aim is for it to be highly visible, addressing the issues that older LGBT people face but also celebrating the lives and achievements of our LGBT elders, many of whom fought discrimination and campaigned for the achievements in human rights we all now share.”

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