With Birmingham LGBT's Ageing With Pride campaign now at an end, the charity is asking the LGBT+ community to comment on the impact of the initiative.
Organisers would like to get the views of people of all ages who live, work or socialise in Birmingham. Just click here to share your thoughts: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/awpfinal
The end of the Ageing With Pride campaign means that it’s now down to the 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.
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