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Seniors are now the fastest growing segment of the Canadian population, with their numbers expected to double over the next two decades. By then, one in four people living in Canada will be older than 65 years of age. With many advances in LGBTQI2S human rights, we are now beginning to see more LGBTQI2S seniors ‘out ‘ and proud!

The LGBT community is a heterogeneous group comprised of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. According to census estimates, there are approximately 335,000 LGBT seniors in Canada, though this figure is understood to be an underestimate. Self-reporting is limited because many LGBT seniors are reluctant to be open about their sexual orientation or gender identity (Tang, 2015).

While many social and legislative changes in Canada have led to a considerable increase in the recognition of the rights of LGBT Canadians, the history of the LGBT community is tainted in Canada and around the world by homophobic discrimination, stigmatization and exclusion by society. Yet LGBT seniors, many of whom were once required to keep their identity or sexual orientation secret, are still afflicted by the consequences of their traumatic experiences; and many forms of discrimination are still ongoing.

Discrimination towards older LGBT adults can be related to numerous factors; for example, as a result of having a sexual orientation that is different from the majority, aging, being a woman, having HIV/AIDS, or identifying with a sub-culture. Such discrimination can have a multiplier rather than a cumulative effect. For certain LGBT seniors, living with multiple forms of discrimination poses additional challenges when they need support from their friends and families, or when they are looking for a suitable place to live This complicates their access to services, such as health care, and has a direct impact on their overall health.

Indeed, there is considerable literature demonstrating that LGBT people experience discrimination in accessing health services. Several studies carried out in the 1990s and early 2000s revealed that older LGBT adults stated that they experienced discrimination in their interactions with health care professionals a situation that appears to be unchanged.

Resources

50+ Proud

www.windsorpride.com

Life After Fifty

8787 McHugh St
Windsor, ONT, N8S 0A
Phone: 519-254-1108
www.lifeafterfifty.ca

Life After Fifty (LAF) is a multi-service organization and registered charity offering wellness opportunities to people above the age of fifty. We accomplish this by coordinating social, recreational, educational, wellness and volunteer opportunities to have people involved and active. We are a membership based organization and do provide some community services.

Life After Fifty has two active living centres in the City of Windsor. Our West Side Centre (WSC) is located on McEwan Avenue and our East Side Centre (ESC) is located in The WFCU Centre on McHugh Street. Both facilities meet convenience and wellness standards, including: street-level locations for accessibility, offers free parking, on a bus route, bike racks, smoke-free and fragrance-free buildings.

Family Services Windsor-Essex

1770 Langlois Ave. 
Windsor, ON, N8X4M5
Phone: 519-966-5010
www.fswe.ca

At Family Services Windsor-Essex, we provide programs and services to enrich the community we live in by focusing on the needs of the people in it!

Rainbow Health Ontario

333 Sherbourne Street
Toronto, ONT
Phone: 416-324-4100  
www.rainbowhealthontario.ca

Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO) is a province-wide program working to improve access to services and promote the health of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities. We provide valuable resources for all stakeholders including: community groups, service providers, researchers, policy makers and educators.

Life After Fifty

635 McEwan Avenue 
Windsor, ONT, N9B 2E9 
Phone: 519-254-1108
www.lifeafterfifty.ca

Life After Fifty (LAF) is a multi-service organization and registered charity offering wellness opportunities to people above the age of fifty. We accomplish this by coordinating social, recreational, educational, wellness and volunteer opportunities to have people involved and active. We are a membership based organization and do provide some community services.

Life After Fifty has two active living centres in the City of Windsor. Our West Side Centre (WSC) is located on McEwan Avenue and our East Side Centre (ESC) is located in The WFCU Centre on McHugh Street. Both facilities meet convenience and wellness standards, including: street-level locations for accessibility, offers free parking, on a bus route, bike racks, smoke-free and fragrance-free buildings.

 
 
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