What are the experiences of gay, lesbian and bisexual people with dementia?
My name is James McParland and I am conducting research into the experiences of gay, lesbian and bisexual people affected by memory difficulties. I believe that these individuals may face unique challenges, but little is known about these experiences. I hope to interview the person with memory difficulties and someone with whom they have a significant relationship. For example, their partner, close friend, carer, or other relative. Participation would involve a one-off interview over the internet, using Skype.
Anyone who takes part in the study would be making a really valuable contribution that could hopefully go some way towards positively impacting health and care provision.
Please feel free to pass these details on to anyone that you think might be interested in taking part, or to any of your connections that have access to individuals that may like to contribute. The project is being supervised by Canterbury Christ Church University, in the United Kingdom.
Thank you for reading!
James McParland - Trainee Clinical Psychologist
Documenting Australia’s gay and lesbian history: senior voices sought
A new three-year project is to record the life stories of gay and lesbian Australians in the first comprehensive nation-wide documentation of changing attitudes to homosexuality. At the moment, the project is particularly interested in hearing from older lesbian and gay individuals. The Past in the Present: Australian Lesbian and Gay Life Stories, a joint study by Macquarie University and the National Library Australia, will record the life stories of 60 gay and lesbian people from all walks of life in various parts of Australia. The taped interviews will be lodged with the National Library. Dr Shirleene Robinson, a Chief Investigator on the project, says that there has been a good response from across Australia but the project would like to make sure that the voices of older lesbian and gay individuals are recorded for future generations. “We would really like to hear from men born before 1940 and women born before 1950. There have been remarkable changes in social attitudes towards lesbian and gay individuals over the past 50 years and the life stories of older people will really help us to understand what it has been like to live through such a transformation” Robinson said.
The collection of taped interviews will provide a unique insight into how individuals negotiate intimate social change. Contemporary studies have shown that gay and lesbian people are more likely to experience abuse and violence, more likely to commit suicide and have poorer health than other members of the community.
Project Chief Investigator Robert Reynolds says “We are looking for every day, ordinary people who would like to tell us their story, who would like to be a part of this important record of gay and lesbian life,” he said. “We want people from all across Australia, including those who were born in Australia and those who were born overseas, those who live in rural locations, those who live in suburbs and those who live in cities.”
The interviews will be conducted by historians from Macquarie University, the University of Queensland and the University of Melbourne. Interested individuals can view the project in detail and fill in an expression of interest form on its website at: Australianlesbianandgaylifestories.org.au. Or for more information they can phone (02) 9850 9678 and leave their contact details.
Media contact: Dr Julia Miller, The Past in the Present Project, Macquarie University, (02) 9850 9678.
Federal Government LGBTI Ageing Strategy
Sing with Pride
The Brisbane Lesbian and Gay Pride Choir has proudly performed in and around Brisbane since 1998. As a strong community group, we sing for a just and inclusive society. We are a non-auditioned choir, welcoming all - gay, lesbian,bisexual, transgendered, intersex and queer-friendly.
In 2014, we move to a new semester format, tied to two major concerts, in May and September. We rehearse each Tuesday evening at 7.30pm at our new venue, New Farm Library’s meeting room. This facility has good access for people with disabilities. Our first rehearsal commences on Tuesday, 4th February.
If you would like to join the Choir, then we would love to hear from you.
David Hardy - President, BLGPC
The Brisbane Pride Choir PO Box 2718 New Farm QLD 4005
FREE ‘SING WITH PRIDE’ WORKSHOP TO LAUNCH CHOIR’S 16TH SEASON
We formed, as the Brisbane Lesbian and Gay Pride Choir, in 1998. We weren’t a choir at the start but just a group of people who came together for a series of singing workshops funded by a Brisbane City Council grant. The fire was lit with those workshops and just a few months later we performed at the annual Pride Fair Day.
The Choir is a group of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer-friendly people who come together to sing. We think it's important to perform in and for our local community.
Through our performances we share with audiences the great value of a diverse, inclusive and accepting society. At events in Brisbane and throughout Queensland we have often connected with people struggling with their own sexuality or identity. As a community choir, it’s a great feeling for us to know that our performances matter.
We are an SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) choir and sing a range of songs and musical styles, including traditional, contemporary and original music. A large part of our repertoire is sung a cappella.
We aim to entertain audiences in the GLBTIQ community as well as audiences in the wider Brisbane, national and international community.
Our musical director
Tim Smetham is an experienced educator and musician with over 20 years teaching in primary schools in England and Australia. He has a strong connection with choral music having performed nationally and internationally both as a singer and an accompanist.
Tim is passionate about developing musicianship in young people and adults and has directed numerous choirs including school, church and community groups. He currently works in Brisbane as an Assistant Head of Junior School, Classroom Music Teacher, Curriculum Coordinator and Choral Director at a leading girls’ independent school.
Additional Information: Further information on Choir membership can be found via www.brisbanepridechoir.org.au
LGBTI Seniors Community Visiting Service
A new pilot project is under way at Healthy Communities linking trained volunteer visitors with isolated or housebound LGBT seniors who want to stay linked in with their community.
Register to be Matched with a Visitor
If you would like to register to have a volunteer matched to visit you or someone you know, please contact Ann Matson at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 3017 1763.
Living Positive in Queensland (The LPQ Study)
Researchers from the University of Queensland and University of New South Wales, in partnership with Queensland Positive People, Positive Directions, Queensland Association for Healthy Communities and Queensland Health are undertaking an exciting Queensland specific qualitative longitudinal research project to better understand people’s experiences of living with HIV, aging and social isolation in diverse communities in Regional and Rural Queensland. We are looking for participants over 35 living in rural and remote areas of Queensland.
If you are interested in being part of the study, or have some questions, please contact us.
ThankYou Dr Lisa Fitzgerald P 07 33655541 or 334 65244?
School of Population Health?The University of Queensland email@example.com?288 Herston Rd?HERSTON Qld 4006
Suncare Community Services Inc - LGBTI Carer Support
The Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (CRCC) Brisbane North Metro and Sunshine Coast provides a wide range of Information and Community linking connections, including short term and flexible respite supports to assist LGBTI family and community members who provide care to someone in their own home who may be frail aged or have dementia, have a disability, a mental health condition, or who have palliative care needs.
The LGBTI Carer Support provides people who identify as LGBTI with qualified workers to support the per-son they care for in the comfort of their own home or in a community setting. You may identify as a LGBTI Carer OR you may be caring for someone who identifies as LGBTI to be eligible to access support.
Carer Support is on a short term or episodic basis. Support may be for a few hours or over the course of a few weeks, depending on the carers needs.
This flexible service primarily assists :
- Carers and supportive family/friends to take a well de-served break from their caring responsibilities
- In emergency situations, such as a health crisis or an unex-pected event, providing short term assistance.
- In accessing counselling and referral support
To register please call:
- Sheryn O’Grady - Brisbane North on 07 3256 8033
- Paul Zeeland - Sunshine Coast on 07 5409 5900
- COMMONWEALTH RESPITE & CARELINK CENTRE (24 Hour Freecall) 1800 052 222
The LGBTI Carer Support Service is inclusive, non-judgemental and respects the confidence of all persons who access the service.
Care Connect provides aged care packages specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) older adults from South East Queensland.
These aged care packages include:
- Community Aged Care Package (CACP)
- Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH)
- Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia (EACHD).
CACP, EACH and EACHD packages offer a plan of support and care for older people who have care needs and who are living at home. All packages are individually coordinated and help older adults remain active in their communities.
Care Connect offers LGBTI-specific CACP, EACH and EACHD packages in the following localities: Brisbane, Redcliffe, Caboolture, Pine Rivers, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich West Moreton and Gold Coast.
Care Connect works in close partnership with Healthy Communities (formerly QAHC, Queensland Association for Healthy Communities). Healthy Communities is the leading LGBT community organisation in Queensland.
For more infomrmation visit their website, or call Care Connect.
Phone: 07 3867 2200
LGBT Seniors' Groups
Ageing in Diversity Action Group
Ageing in Diversity Action Groups are meeting in Brisbane, on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, and Townsville and Cairns. These groups are facilitated by the Healthy Communities program, part of the Queensland AIDS Council.
LGBTI senior community members, their family, friends and carers are encouraged to come along and share insights with service providers in the Aged Care sector such as:
- The needs of older LGBTI people
- How to involve LGBTI older people in aged care services and representative structures
- Assisting aged care services to be inclusive in their policies and procedures
- And to participate in the development of LGBTI specific projects (e.g. Seniors Expos) and promoting services among LGBTI seniors.
Workers in the aged care sector who are keen to facilitate change are also welcome to attend.
To register your interest or for more information, contact Gai Lemon (Ageing in Diversity Health Promotion Officer - Brisbane) on 07 3017 1732 or firstname.lastname@example.org
LGBTI Legal Service
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex Legal Service Inc is a newly established non-profit and unfunded community-based legal service which began service provision on July 7th, 2010. The service seeks to assist Queensland LGBTI communities to gain access to justice through the provision of legal and social welfare services. We will also be offering community legal education activities in order to increase awareness of legal rights and responsibilities for LGBTI communities in Queensland and will be actively involved in advocating for law reform and human rights.
The LGBTI Legal Service Inc has been established by and continues to be overseen by a management committee of individuals representing the diverse communities under the LGBTI banner.
The LGBTI Legal Service operates from space generously supplied by the Queensland Association for Healthy Communities www.qahc.org.auand they can be contacted at:
Address: 30 Helen Street, Teneriffe QLD 4006
Phone: 0401 936 232
The drop-in service will be operating on Wednesday nights from 6pm. Clients arriving after 7:30 cannot be accepted.
Mature Aged Men
A social club for gay men and their admirers. Meet at the Sportsman Hotel
the last Saturday of the month all year round at 4.30pm.
Older Wiser Lesbians (OWLS)
Social group for Lesbians aged 35 and over, situated in Brisbane.
Information, Research and Current Issues
Ageing Issues for older LGBT Australians
Older LGBT people are not all the same, there are generational differences within this diverse group. Those who grew up pre gay liberation have endured a lifetime of having been vilified as 'sinners' by the church, 'criminals' in law, and pathologised by medicine. Consequently, this group experiences ageing differently and has distinct needs compared to the baby boomer cohort which is now approaching retirement. After a number of decades of social progress, this cohort has lived openly as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
However, the current invisibility of LGBT issues in government ageing policies and the aged care sector in general means that older LGBT Australians do not now and will not in the future have access to adequate support and care to address their health and wellbeing needs. For many, getting older means an increased fear of being "outed" after a lifetime of avoiding disclosure, or a fear of being sent back into the closet to avoid facing discrimination at a particularly vulnerable time in their lives. This information is provided courtesy of LGBT Health website.
Dementia, Lesbians and Gay Men
Alzheimer's Australia - Living with dementia
Paper 15 October 2009
Alzheimer’s Australia, ACON – Australia’s largest community-based gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and Intersex (GLBTI) health and HIV/AIDS organisation – and Aged and Community Services Association of NSW & ACT are pleased to announce the new discussion paper, ‘Dementia, Lesbian and Gay Men’ which was launched by the Hon. Michael Kirby, former Justice of the High Court of Australia, on Thursday 19 November 2009.
Alzheimer’s Australia’s discussion paper, ‘Dementia, Lesbian and Gay Men’, provides practical advice on the issues many lesbians and gay men with dementia and their carers may face. In addition, it is a valuable resource for practitioners working in health care and related fields.