YORK LGBT FORUM

OLDER SUBGROUP

OLDER PEOPLE

The Older LGBT Subgroup aims to raise awareness of older LGBT issues. We created Free to be Me for care homes and in the workplace and have been successfully providing this LGBT awareness training in Yorkshire and the Midlands since January 2016. Bookings invited: ring Sue on 01904 488870.

We also work with AWOC York (Ageing Without Children). CLICK HERE to find out more details about the group. It is estimated that a large majority of LGBT people will be ageing without the support of any nearby children or family.

If you’d like to chat, please contact us via email olderpeople@yorklgbtforum.org or ring Sue on 01904 488 870.

 

OUR AIM

How to live and love with dignity and respect until we die, free of prejudice and stigma, as equal partners, equal participants and equal contributors to all groups and cultures in our society.

Please join us to make a better life for all of us, now and in the future.

Change rests in our hands.

 

OLDER LGBT SUBGROUP MEETINGS

Here are some of the issues we discussed at our last subgroup meeting. If you would like to get involved just give Sue Lister a ring on 01904 488870 to discuss possibilities:

FREE TO BE ME ONLINE TRAINING

Making the video of Free to be Me in Care available in themed segments via
the Forum website and YouTube, free for all to use as part of their ongoing
LGBT awareness training

FREE TO BE ME IN THE WORKPLACE TRAINING

Bringing Free to be Me in the Workplace to businesses around the city. So far we have presented the one hour training to Brown’s, David Lloyd and Nestlé.

BEFRIENDING

Befriending eg adopt a grandparent, visiting LGBT folk in hospital, weekly
phone calls

AGEING WITHOUT CHILDREN

Campaigning on the issue of ageing without children – most of the LGBT
community is facing old age without the support of the younger generation.

FREE TO BE ME

The Older LGBT Subgroup aims to raise awareness of older LGBT issues. We created Free to be Me for care homes and in the workplace and have been successfully providing this LGBT awareness training in North and West Yorkshire since January 2016. Bookings invited: ring Sue on 01904 488870.

We also work with Ageing Without Children click here to find out more details about the group.

SUE LISTER – MBE

OLDER LGBT SUBGROUP CO-ORDINATOR

As a drama facilitator, actor and director, Sue was awarded an MBE in 2017 for “equality, diversity and the arts in Yorkshire.” In the 80s/90s she was the Artistic Director of Theatre Terrific in Vancouver – disabled people of all ages making their voices heard across British Columbia.

Returning to the UK in 1996, Sue and her partner, Ann, founded the Real People Theatre, a women’s company ( www.realpeopletheatre.co.uk ) and created 20 shows for York International Women’s Week which she coordinated for 9 years. Sue has been on the York Older People’s Assembly executive since 2002 and founded the York 50+ Festival which she coordinated for 12 years. As a committee member of the York LGBT Forum since its inception in 2006, Sue created Free to be Me in Care/in the Workplace with members of the Older LGBT Subgroup. With Ann, Sue started and has coordinated the AWOC York group (ageing without children) since January 2016 recognising that the majority of LGBT people will be ‘awocs’ – national overview at www.awwoc.org . Focusing on the theme of loneliness and isolation, extracts from the Real People Theatre production No Kidding? continue to offer a springboard for discussion of this vital issue.

WE HAVE STARTED TO ACT

By gathering research and establishing links with organisations such as Age UK, Older Citizens Advocacy York (OCAY), Stonewall, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, OLGA (Older Lesbian Gay Bi and Trans Association), Equity Partnership in Bradford, the York Human Rights City Project and York Dementia Action Alliance

There is a survey of interest being run for LGBT older people by the University of York exploring experiences in relation to Covid-19 here

By developing our skills with a view to working in depth with care providers, staff and volunteers and helping to raise awareness of older LGBT issues.

GET IN TOUCH

We're always looking for help, support, volunteers and donations. Please get in touch if you'd like to enquire about how you can help or find out about any upcoming events and initiatives.

07731 852 533

enquiry@yorklgbtforum.org

York LGBT Forum, York CVS, 15 Priory Street, York YO1 6ET

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