Aging in Community:
A Focus on Older LGBTQ2S+ Canadians

Progress in LGBTQ2S+ rights has not always ensured safe and inclusive services and environments for older LGBTQ2S+ individuals. While many North American communities are committed to becoming age-friendly, little work has been done to explore and promote both age- and LGBTQ2S+ friendly communities. The goal of the Aging in Community project is to:

1. Identify existing communities that are both age and LGBTQ2S+ friendly.

2. Explore what it means to be age- and LGBTQ2S+ friendly.

3. Provide considerations and recommendations for increasing inclusion and diversity within age-friendly communities.

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Learn from Community Champions: What is age and LGBTQ2S+ friendly?

 

Meet Monique: Executive Director, The Good Companions

Meet Dianne: Community Leader and Advocate

Meet Lisa: Mayor, Palm Springs

Meet Darren: Chair, Dignity Seniors Society

Method

 
Environmental Scan

71 Surveys Analyzed

18 Individuals From 14 Organizations Interviewed

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Interviews
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Findings

 

1. Age- and LGBTQ2S+ Friendly Initiatives

The environmental scan and interviews were used to identify age- and LGBTQ2S+ friendly organizations and intiatives.

Most of the age-friendly initiatives were not cities, municipalities, or geographical communities. They were initiatives, programs and organizations that may not be designated or officially recognized as ‘age-friendly’.

KEYPOINT

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2. Core Components of an age and LGBTQ2S+     Friendly Community

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Diverse and 
Intergenerational

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Free From Harassment and Discrimination

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Inclusive Programs 
and Services

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Encompassing and Compassionate 

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Systemic Inclusion 
And Visibility

The survey asked participants to describe a community that is both age friendly and LGBTQ2S+ inclusive.

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3. Recommendations and Considerations 

Recommendations and considerations are made that can be referenced for current and future work related to the development and implementation of age-friendly initiatives which includes and supports LGBTQ2S+ communities.

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What Participants said

“A community that acknowledges and embraces its elders will always be stronger for doing so.”

“Age-friendly to me is cradle to grave.”

“A community that is age-friendly and LGBTQ2S+ inclusive should just look like a community that allows everyone to be a part of it.”

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