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FOCUS: Mardi Gras

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Mardi Gras Film Festival

 

As part of the Mardi Gras Film Festival, Seniors Rights Service had the privilege to attend the screening of the amazing and inspirational Becoming Colleen. The documentary follows a person’s journey towards gender affirmation in her 80s, and her experience navigating the aged care system during her transition. Our Education Manager Diana Bernard then facilitated the panel discussion “Diversity in Aged Care” about the challenges faced by LGBTIQ+ people around aged care. Amongst the panellists was Sandra Pankhurst, trans woman and subject of the incredible biography The Trauma Cleaner, as well as Kate Spurway from Nurse Watch, and Russ Gluyas from ACON’s Love Project. Over 350 people attended and feedback was extremely positive.

 

Launch of New Resource: Q&A for LGBTIQ+

 

Seniors Rights Service was excited and honoured to launch this invaluable booklet at LOVE Club, ACON’s social group for older LGBTIQ+ people. This resource answers some of the most common questions asked by LGBTIQ+ people as they age, and discusses issues that are specific to those communities.

 

Seniors Rights Service solicitor Melissa Chaperlin was on hand to answer legal questions, and opening remarks were given by prominent community member Teresa Savage. This resource will be of great use for older LGBTIQ+ people, and Seniors Rights Service is excited for it to be distributed throughout.

 

For more information on the LOVE Club, click here.

 

To order copies of the Q&A Booklet, call Seniors Rights Service on 1800 424 079 or email [email protected]

 

Fair Day

 

As part of our work with the older LGBTIQ+ community, we held a stall at the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Fair Day. Over 80,000 people attended this fabulous event in Camperdown Park, with about 400 people visiting the Seniors Rights Service booth. This provided an opportunity to discussion common legal questions as one of our lawyers was present.

 

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