Equality for older lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people in Europe (ILGA 2012)

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4.3.Staying at home?

Therefore, many older LGBTI people choose to remain in their own home. However, in the absence of informal care (from children and/or a partner) it may be quite costly to rely only on formal care systems (medical staff visiting them on a daily basis). It is critical to remind here that all older people have the right to receive high quality, timely and affordable health and long-term care services that are adapted to their individual needs and wishes and without discrimination of any kind.27

In addition, healthcare professionals may not be open or familiar with LGBTI issues and may have hostile reactions: “to an LGBT elder, having a stranger come into their home – maybe the only place that the elder was truly able to be out and express their gayness – can be as terrifying as living communally with people who will presume that they are straight”28.


4.4.Residential care specifically for LGBTI people, the unsatisfactory solution

Older LGBTI people may think that specialist services would make them more at ease; their needs would be better met and they would strengthen their social networks29. However, residential care specifically for older LGBT people does not seem to be widespread in Europe.

This type of residential care is certainly not affordable for the majority of older LGBTI people and does not promote their inclusion in society globally. Most older LGBTI people do not wish to live exclusively among themselves but merely to keep on being out about their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression without fear of stigmatisation and to obtain access to mainstream service providers who recognise their specific needs. 



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