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To mark Pride Month, we've gathered stories from a number of older LGBT+ people to share their perspectives on inequality, community and how attitudes towards LGBT+ people have changed.


Ageing Better is committed to ensuring those of all ages, regardless of sexuality or gender, enjoy good later lives and are #AgeingWithPride.

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Why Michael is #AgeingWithPride

"I’d say Britain is ageist. I hope that it’s getting better, and I think that over time attitudes will improve."
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#AgeingWithPride: Photos of LGBT+ people over 50

A collection of photos from this project are available to download for free from our age-positive image library.
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Why Lynn is #AgeingWithPride

“There’s a plaque on the memorial that says ‘You were known to us’. Your families may have denied it, but you were known to us.”
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Why Claud is #AgeingWithPride

“When I came out, my family were all very cool about it. If I could tell my younger self anything it would be that I could have come out sooner – accept yourself sooner.”
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Why Ken is #AgeingWithPride

“I don’t think of age really. I’ve been associated with so many age groups in the theatre and we always seem to get along.”
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It's more important than ever to listen to older LGBT+ voices

The Centre for Ageing Better’s #AgeingWithPride campaign is an important celebration of older LGBT+ people, but we mustn’t forget the challenges and discrimination that this community continues to face.
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Why Lizzie is #AgeingWithPride

“Libraries are amazing places to promote positive LGBT+ role models and resources. That’s what they’re all about: access to information.”
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Why Linda is #AgeingWithPride

“I wanted to show that we've all got something to offer, whether we're young, or whether we're older. Everyone deserves the spotlight at some point."
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Why Tony is #AgeingWithPride

“Over time, things do get better and improve. Nowadays, I think generally the whole atmosphere for people who are LGBT+ is much better than it used to be.”
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What can be done to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people over 50?

The pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health and isolation of LGBTQ+ people over 50. Here’s what Opening Doors London is doing to support these communities.
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Why Mindy is #AgeingWithPride

“I made myself a promise that I would never tiptoe around anybody on the issue of my sexual identity, ever again.”
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Why Ian is #AgeingWithPride

“My favourite part about helping with the LGBT archive is looking back on the timeline, seeing how we’ve built up more equality than we had.”
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Why Pip is #AgeingWithPride

“I sometimes feel guilty – that I am still alive and some of those wonderful, talented, sexy people aren’t with us anymore. I will raise a glass to those good friends.”

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