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#AgeingWithPride

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.

Tony

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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Lynn

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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Ken

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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Pip

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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Linda

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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Claud

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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Tony

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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Mindy

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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Lizzie

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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Ian

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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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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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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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.

Latest research from others

Department of Health and Social Care
15 Jun 2022
This guidance applies to the charging reform implementation support funding. It sets out allocations of the implementation support grant for 2022 to 2023 and guidance intended to assist local authorities.
Department of Health and Social Care
15 Jun 2022
In spring 2022, the government carried out a public consultation seeking views on the social care cost cap. This document outlines the government response to the ‘supporting local preparation’ part of the consultation.
Centre for Ageing Better
10 Jun 2022
The Centre for Ageing Better have launched a new public campaign tackling the everyday ageism heads along side their new strategy. The campaign will seek to overturn the deeply entrenched negative attitudes within society towards older people through a collective and nationwide approach. The organisation will work with the public, age-friendly communities, employers as well as other sector and industry partners to change the way people think, feel and act about ageing. The new strategy also focuses on activities to reduce the inequalities people experience as they grow older.

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