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Conference Addresses LGBT Elders

By Charlotte Robinson, August 09, 2018
This year’s 14th International Federation on Ageing (IFA) Global Conference that takes place in Toronto, Canada through August 10th includes a heightened focus on LGBT aging with three special “town hall” sessions, numerous workshops & an LGBT-inclusive “Addressing Inequalities Summit.” As part of the conference, SAGE this country's largest & oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT seniors released the results of a groundbreaking report, highlighting first-of-its-kind data that illustrates the experiences of LGBT older people across the globe. Michael Adams SAGE CEO stated, “Invisibility & isolation among older sexual orientation & gender identity minorities across the globe leads to neglect & abuse. This survey produces critically important data to understand the social attitudes that reinforce this discrimination & isolation, an invaluable first step toward breaking the invisibility & focusing attention on the needs of these highly vulnerable elders.” Dr. Jane Barratt, Secretary General for the International Federation on Ageing concluded, “It is quite evident that despite progress to protect the rights of the LGBT community, there is still a great deal of work to be done. Older LGBT individuals continue to face layers of discrimination - this is unacceptable & must be addressed through a clear action plan that seeks to eradicate behaviors that impact a person’s human rights.” As part of the IFA Conference, SAGE & its partners will call on governments, industries, organizations & individuals to protect the rights of LGBT older people.
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1 comment:

Marilyn Rosen said...

Focusing on LGBT aging inequalities is a dire problem worldwide and grateful to the IFA Global Conference for the special attention this is getting there.

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