Supporting older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people: a checklist for social care providers

Age UK
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Societal norms can make some lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people feel excluded, isolated or unwelcome. As a result, many older LGBT people often do not ‘come out’ and their needs are not recognised by their social care organisations, even though 5-7% of the older population are LGBT. It is now against the law to discriminate on the basis of a person’s: actual sexual orientation; the sexual orientation he/she is thought to have; and or the sexual orientation of someone with whom he/she is associated. The 2010 Equalities Act gives transgender people similar rights. This checklist aims to assist organisations to become LGBT friendly so that the organisations more readily meet their requirements under the Equalities Act and the older person feels able to disclose to the organisation and be fully themselves. The checklist is designed for organisations to check themselves on how LGBT friendly they are, with suggestions on how to improve.

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LGBT people, older people, organisational culture, social care, social care provision, stereotyped attitudes, equal opportunities, good practice;
United Kingdom

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