A new journey of liberation – Tina Wathern

“It is a matter for celebration that people are living longer. Caring for and supporting each other should be something to celebrate.”2 Andrew Dilnot Set against a backdrop of an increasingly ageing population and a time of growing awareness of the housing with care needs of an older population,it is true that little is said of older people’s sexual orientation …

Housing for LGBT Londoners

Tina Wathern, Older LGBT Housing Network Coordinator, shares her thoughts on housing for older LGBT Londoners and the particular challenges many face. “I have everything I could possibly want, a beautiful retirement flat close to all the things I need, money in the bank, surrounded by people – but inside I feel like I am dying. There is no one …

Building a sense of community: Including older LGBT in the way we develop and deliver housing with care: A viewpoint

This viewpoint sets out a variety of ways in which the voices and needs of the older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) communities can be included in the development and provision of inclusive housing with care. Written for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network by Tina Wathern, Older LGBT Housing Group Co-ordinator, Stonewall Housing. Background Stonewall Housing has been …

Inside and out: the housing experiences of older LGBT people: Guardian article

Is the housing sector prepared to meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as they get older? A generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) men and women who came out of the closet following the decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in 1967 and the New York Stonewall riots of 1969 are now entering retirement. In …

Out of the shadows: Inside Housing article

Older lesbian and gay people living in sheltered housing often feel they have to keep their sexuality a secret. Emily Rogers meets one tenant who is much happier since her landlord helped her to come out Sixty-eight-year-old lesbian Rowena McCarthy recalls feeling ‘lost’ when she moved into her Anchor sheltered home in east London in 2006. Having been harassed out …

Older LGBT Housing Guide

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Stonewall Housing and the Manchester Older LGBT Housing group are pleased to announce the launch of The North West Housing Guide for the older LGBT community. Manchester has the largest LGBT community outside London, which is an important part of the social and cultural history of the City and the North West. As a group we feel there is uneven …