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Safe to be me: Meeting the needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people using health and social care services

A resource pack for professionals

This resource is written for anyone working or volunteering in health, social care or the voluntary sector who would like to support older people who are lesbian, gay, bi or trans. It will also be helpful for training providers to ensure courses integrate discussions and scenarios relating to the needs of people who are LGBT.

If you are keen to find out more about what you and your organisation can do to help make a difference, please read it and share with others.

Equal but different
Many services assert that they will of course ‘treat everyone the same’ regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Yet these well-meaning words critically miss out that it is through recognising and giving regard to difference, in a positive way, that services can distinguish themselves.

What most lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people want is simply to be respected for who they are – equal to heterosexuals and non-trans individuals, but with distinct identities and needs. Some needs will relate to being lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans while some might be related to other interests and preferences in their lives.

This resource highlights why being LGBT continues to be important in terms of person-centred care and support. It outlines some of the popular myths that get in the way of progress and gives an overview of the legislative framework that has changed so dramatically in the last ten years.

‘Safe to be me’ also offers a comprehensive checklist of good practice pointers that can help organisations translate positive intentions into achievable actions.