Services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Older People

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2009 National LGBT Conference
2 July 2009
Carried as Amended

Conference acknowledges the work currently being undertaken in Scotland with regard to the equality of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender older people. The aim of the work is to deliver a high quality of service to older LGBT people and to ensure that they are treated equally.

It is important to state that no ‘special’ services are required by this group, but appropriate services that are aware of equalities issues and take a Human Rights approach to service delivery. However, it is known that certain barriers with regard to residential and nursing care may be experienced by older LGBT people.

Conference acknowledges there is a need for further research in this area, including analysis of current provisions made for the older generation with regards to residential and nursing care. Many LGBT people may prefer to stay in their own home or have specialist LGBT care homes, but all LGBT people should be able to choose whatever provision they like with confidence they will be treated with dignity.

Conference asks the National LGBT Committee to consult with the Local Government, Community and Health Service Groups and approach the United Kingdom Governments including devolved Governments with an aim of:

1.Highlighting the importance of providing appropriate services to older LGBT people and discuss the provisions and choices available;

2.Campaigning to ensure equality and awareness of and respect for Human Rights within the service provided for older LGBT people.