The Older Persons group 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), a local branch of the national AWOC group CLICK HERE to explore the issues. It is estimated that a large majority of LGBT people will be ageing without the support of any nearby children or family.
You may also be interested in our one hour awareness training, Opening the Closet Door on Dementia, where you will meet an 80 year old lesbian who lives in fear of ‘coming out’ and hear the story of an older gay man and his partner who lived and died with dementia. An excellent springboard for discussion.
If you’d like to chat, please contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Sue on 01904 488 870.
SUE LISTER – MBE
OLDER LGBT PERSONS REPRESENTATIVE
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 Group. 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.