The future of LGBT ageing: Rethinking research directions
This event brought together a wide range of groups and individuals to discuss the key research priorities in relation to ageing LGBT individuals.
On 22 October, MICRA and the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at The University of Manchester, supported by the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives, Age UK and the Lesbian and Gay Foundation, brought together academics, researchers, policy makers and practitioners to consider the future research priorities in relation to ageing LGBT individuals.
Over the past 60 years societies’ attitudes to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* identities have radically changed. However, the people who lived through these changes are now beginning to age. Older LGBT people face many of the same challenges and rewards around ageing as the general population.
However, they may also face additional issues or disadvantages particular to their sexuality and gender identity. Research has begun to address LGBT ageing but there is much research left to do and the methodological techniques and debates are still in their infancy. In addition, translating this research into public policy, and ensuring health and social care practitioners understand the relevance of gender identity and sexuality in relation to ageing remains a challenge.
- Dr Julie Fish, Reader in Social Work & Health Inequalities at De Montfort University, Leicester - “New Futures: Exchanging research knowledge about older LGBT communities”
- Dr Andrew King, Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey - “Getting to know you? Reflections on researching LGBT ageing”