As a community whose needs often go unmet by mainstream services and programs, older LGBTIQ+ people are a strong focus for Seniors Rights Service.
We have a presence at many important LGBTIQ+ community events, with a Seniors Rights Stall at Fair Day, part of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and a stall at the annual Parramatta Pride Picnic. We also take part in Afternoon Delight, an LGBTIQ+ cinema event held in Seniors Week.
Recent major initiatives include three “planning ahead” forums held in Sydney, the Northern Rivers (Lismore) and the Hunter (Newcastle), areas with large LGBTIQ+ populations.
The forums discussed ageing, preparing for the future, accessing services and the legal and aged care rights of older LGBTIQ+ people.
In the same three regions, Seniors Rights Service also took part in forums, facilitated by the Aids Council of NSW (ACON), on HIV and ageing and the rights of those living with HIV in relation to aged care services.
As a result of these very successful events, Seniors Rights Service now has strong LGBTIQ+ contacts in these regions. We’re continuing to develop our services to this community and a growing number of people are learning about, trusting and using those services.
The addition of a staff member in the Far North Coast of NSW in late 2018 is further enhancing our reach.
In 2017-18, around 2,300 people attended LGBTIQ+-related events that Seniors Rights Service was involved with during the year.
At the 5th National Elder Abuse Conference, hosted by Seniors Rights Service in Sydney in February 2018, more than 800 people attended sessions relevant to LGBTIQ+ people. Around 500 attended a keynote address by Hon Michael Kirby, former High Court judge and now an LGBTIQ+ spokesperson, while 200 attended a forum on the abuse of older people in LGBTIQ+ communities. Another 120 attended LGBTIQ+-specific abstract presentations.
To talk about how we can host an information event or be a part of your event, please contact us.