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 addition to the housing challenges that face us all as we age, there are particular challenges that face older LGBT people, who are more likely to live alone and less likely to have children or extended family networks they can call on for support. Some are reluctant to explore support from formal housing, health or social care providers because of a historic fear of discrimination. Many older LGBT people at some point in their lives have experienced criminalisation in law, stigmatisation by society, condemnation from religious authorities and have been pathologised by medical practitioners.
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