Transgenderism

September 30th, 2014 | Posted by Ola Satchel in LGBT | London | Older People - (0 Comments)

On Women’s Hour on 7th August there was a small piece on transgender with the primary speaker being Sheila Jeffreys, of whom I have not heard but since then a lot of people I have spoken to have knowledge of her and none have a particularly positive thing to say. She was allowed to make …
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“Hate crime” means committing crimes (often violence or abuse, though it could be any crime) against people because of their personal characteristics. In the national legal definition this specifically mentions “actual or perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity” – in other words neither age nor gender are included in the official definition. The …
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“These days, young gay people are encouraged to be open about their sexuality. Older ones, particularly those who don’t have a partner, can find it difficult to share in the new freedom. They are no longer criminalised, but this doesn’t mean that they are free from discrimination in public places. Some are understandably still fearful …
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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has a duty to write guidance on how to interpret the Equality Act ban on age discrimination in services, public functions and associations. This covers many public and private services. The guide is intended to help businesses, public authorities, courts and others interpret the law. The EHRC are …
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Along with interests in improving health and social care provision, a strong area of common interest which is emerging from discussion with Ambassadors here at Opening Doors London are models of shared social housing for older LGBT people. Linking to existing initiatives which are at a relatively early stage but which involve key players in the …
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LGBT Seniors Ambassadors wanted….

November 21st, 2013 | Posted by Derek Freeman in LGBT - (2 Comments)

Seniors  from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB &T) communities are twice as likely to be living alone and three times more likely – largely due to living through a history of active prejudice, discrimination and exclusion – to face mental health issues than their heterosexual peers. Added to this, LGBT Seniors still face …
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Pride and Prejudice

July 19th, 2013 | Posted by Stacey Halls in LGBT - (0 Comments)

“The crowds were what blew me. All of central London closed off to traffic and rainbow flags on the buildings near the cenotaph. Gone are the days when there were 10 of us and a banner. Do you remember that one when we went to a park near Brixton and the police stood at the …
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Older LGBT Pride and Visibility

July 19th, 2013 | Posted by Stacey Halls in LGBT - (0 Comments)

Over 100 members of Opening Doors London (ODL) came out on Saturday 29th June to once again lead the way at this year’s annual London Pride parade in celebration of our large lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Many older LGBT people will have attended the very first Pride parade in London in 1970 …
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