Later Life

Growing older can be a liberating but sometimes scary experience. Our research shows that older lesbian, gay and bisexual people face unique concerns as they age


| Overview |Our History | Our Guide for Individuals  |
Our Guide for Care and Support Services | Our Research |
| Find More Support | What you can do |



Getting older can be a challenging time for many of us, thinking about what to have in place to support us and our loved ones is often something we put off until it is too late. For the hundreds of thousands of older lesbian, gay and bisexual people getting older can be more complex still. Stonewall’s research into the experiences of older lesbian, gay and bisexual people found that many experience isolation, growing old without friends or family, and are quite rightly concerned about later life and how to plan for it.

Our History


In 2014 Stonewall turned 25. We’ve seen remarkable achievements for lesbian, gay and bisexual equality in Britain since we were founded in 1989 and we’re hugely proud of being part of these changes. To celebrate, we’ve pulled together our highlights to date on our Stonewall 25 site, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Take a look through the timeline, read some of our supporters stories and find out more about our work to date.

Our Guide for Individuals

Planning for Later Life


Planning for later life can sometimes feel a bit intimidating. If you're finding yourself caught in a blur of pensions, wills and inheritance, then take a look at this handy guide, produced together with The Co-operative Funeralcare.  It sets out your rights, and how to go about planning for the future, without all of that legal jargon that can make everything so frustrating!

Click here to download the guide (pdf) 
Email to order a free copy 

Our Guide for Care and Support Services
Working with older LGB people



Our research has found that older lesbian, gay and bisexual people expect to experience discrimination when using care and support services. This guide is designed to give providers clear steps to make sure that their lesbian, gay and bisexual patients are receiving the standard of care they're entitled to.

Click here to download the guide (pdf)
Click here to order a copy of the guide 

Our Research
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Together with YouGov we surveyed over one thousand older lesbian, gay and bisexual people to find out about their experiences of ageing. This research sets out some of the unique barriers which they face, and contains guidance which will help providers meet their needs.

Click here to download the research (pdf)
Click here to order a copy of the research 

Find More Support



These days there are more and more groups for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, popping up across the country. They're a great way to relax and socialise in an environment where you know you can feel comfortable and be yourself.

Click here to find groups in your area


What You Can Do

Have you considered leaving a legacy to Stonewall?  Leaving a gift to Stonewall in your will is one of the most significant ways to support Stonewall and help future generations of lesbian, gay and bisexual people around the world. You can find out more here.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information on our work on later life and make sure you tell us what you think.

Find out more about volunteering at Stonewall here.

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