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LGBT housing for over 55's

LGBT housing for over 55's

WE NEED YOU! Researchers at the University of Manchester are working closely with the LGBT Foundation and the Manchester City Council, who have secured housing for extra care housing schemes to ensure they are LGBT affirmative, as well as being physically and psychologically safe.  

However, what does psychological safety (the ability to truly be oneself without worrying about negative consequences) mean to a population that has experienced discrimination, stigmatisation, and harassment throughout life?  

Current research highlights older LGBT adults worry about ‘going back into the closet’, feeling heterosexualised and homophobia/transphobia within care homes. With your help we would like to understand how we can prevent these worries from happening within extra care housing schemes, to make sure the LGBT community can grow old and finally live without fear of discrimination against their sexual orientation or gender identity. We truly believe your insight and personal stories will help projects beyond the extra care housing schemes and help trigger wider conversations in other sectors. 

To help us achieve this, we wish to speak to LGBT individuals above the age of 55 years. These conversations will be conducted in a group setting. If you are interested in this research or would like to hear more, please e-mail me at stefanie.helmrath@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk or find the study on Twitter under the handle: @Psy_safety   

Published: 26-Jan-2022

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