– Martin Luther King
For many of us the concept of ageing is rather intimidating. LGBTI CAN know that Service Providers care for people who have feared this phase of their lives as it can bring with it discrimination, loss of connection with community and family, disempowerment, vulnerability, poor health, isolation and grief.
These challenges and issues are more likely to be experienced by the older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Gender Diverse person even before they have reached mature age. Particularly those who lived through the AIDS crisis. However the older LGBTI person can also enter this phase of their lives with strength, resilience and wisdom.
Often people who identify as LGBTI are reluctant to talk about themselves openly for fear of stigma and rejection. People Living with HIV (PLHIV) opt for an even lower profile in the community to feel safe.
Silver Rainbow Aged Care offers 4hr training sessions run by the Queensland Council for LGBTI Health (QC) and supported and subsidised by the Commonwealth Government. The program supports aged care services and their staff to understand the needs of LGBTI elders, the experiences they have had to date and how they can change those experiences by becoming LGBTI inclusive in their practice. There is a small fee of around $10 p/person. Find more information about this program here.
LGBTI CAN supports organisations with people who can to speak to your staff and management, particularly on acknowledgement days like International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersex and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on May 17, International AIDS Day on December 1.
We can also assist in organising a Pride Day Parade or other activities that promote inclusivity and acceptance within your organisation. Contact us here
The Rainbow Tick Accreditation Program supports organisations to understand and implement LGBTI safe and inclusive service delivery and provides national recognition for those that meet the Rainbow Tick Standards. There are very few Aged Care Providers who have met the high standards of the Rainbow Tick in Queensland, let alone Sunshine Coast.
For more information go to the QIP website.
Transcity is from the USA but many issues raised are experienced by our local transgender and gender diverse older folk.