Goodbye, farewell, Ageing With Pride
Posted on 26 Jun 2019

Birmingham LGBT’s Ageing With Pride campaign comes to a close...


Ageing With Pride is waving goodbye - now its legacy is in your hands.

You can’t have missed it. For the past 12 months, the Birmingham LGBT-led campaign has been advertised on the sides of buses, on massive billboards and in every issue of this very magazine! 

But its time has come to an end, meaning that it’s now down to our community to continue with the task of challenging ageism, confronting over-50s’ isolation, and being inclusive of all LGBT people, regardless of age.

Isolation is a significant factor in many over-50s’ lives, and at every stage of Birmingham LGBT’s campaign over the last 12 months, the community has been invited to reflect on that fact. 

But even more so, the community has also been empowered to tackle the issue itself, via the creation both of scene and non-scene activities for people to take part in. These have included a tea party for older LGBTs at Birmingham Pride, the Gay Birmingham Remembered event - inviting community members old and new to share recollections of LGBT life in the past - and most recently a curated workshop which brought together younger and older members of the community to find out more about one another.


Commenting on the success of Ageing With Pride, its coordinator, Rico Johnson-Sinclair, said: “We are overjoyed with the positive response this 12-month campaign has received. From partnerships with organisations such as Proud Baggies - a West Bromwich Albion Football Club LGBT supporters group - to new friendships created here at Birmingham LGBT Centre, we can really see how successful Ageing With Pride has been. We now need the community to carry on the good work!

“There’s so much more to do. Ageing With Pride has started the conversation; it now needs to be carried forward by members of the LGBTQ+ community here in Birmingham and the businesses that flourish here because of LGBTQ+ people. If you run a bar, ask yourself, is this place inclusive of older LGBTQ+ people? If you manage a community group, be concerned about those at risk of isolation within your group. If somebody goes off the radar for a while, call them! There’s so much we can all do.”

One of the ways Birmingham LGBT is continuing to champion inclusive services for older LGBT people is through its main ‘older persons’ programme, Ageing Better. Focusing on tackling isolation for those who are LGBT and over the age of 50, the programme makes resources available so that activities can exist within the community.   

YOUR INVITATION TO THE CLOSING PARTY ON 8 JULY

To help Birmingham LGBT wrap up the campaign in style, you are invited to a screening of a very special film created specially as part of Ageing with Pride, at the Mockingbird Cinema on July 8th. There will be a panel discussion featuring well-known faces from the campaign, and a chance to socialise with fellow community members. Want to come? 

Find out more at ageingwithpride.co.uk or email RicoJohnson@blgbt.org

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