Wheeler Centre Presents: Coming Back Out
Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (LGBTI+) people remember an era of state-sanctioned stigma and discrimination that might be hard for younger people to fathom. It wasn’t until 1997 that sex between men, for example, was decriminalised in every Australian state and territory.
For many older LGBTI+ people, the world they live in today is drastically different to the world they inhabited in the past. Getting older can sometimes mean both a feeling of invisibility and, conversely, an increased sense of surveillance. For LGBTI+ people, those propositions can pose a particular set of problems.
How can we respect the diverse sexual orientations of older Australians? How can LGBTI+ elders know and assert their rights as they navigate the complex, confusing and sometimes intimidating aged care system? And how important is visibility of LGBTI+ older people – for individuals and for the broader Australian population?
This panel discussion was hosted by Tristan Meecham, and featured artist and activist Lois Weaver, Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care coordinator Pauline Crameri, Boston-based LGBT ageing researcher Bob Linscott and LGBTI+ elder Heather Morgan.