Older LGB cover Working with older lesbian, gay and bisexual people: A Guide for Care and Support Services

This guide offers practical advice to organisations providing care and support services about how to meet the needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual people. Sometimes changes to policy, staff training and awareness about the law can make things better. But often it is about simple things such as awareness and communication – individual actions will have a big impact.

We’re hugely grateful to the organisations featured in this guide who have shared valuable practical insights on making care and support services relevant to lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

We hope this advice and guidance will help care providers to improve the services they offer to gay people and to deliver those services with the dignity and respect that all older people deserve.

This guide is split into the following sections:

  • What older gay people need
  • What the law says
  • How to involve older people
  • What care and support workers can do
  • What homecare providers can do
  • What care homes can do
  • What housing providers can do
  • What health services can do
  • What local authorities can do

Working with older lesbian, gay and bisexual people (PDF)

Working with older lesbian, gay and bisexual people: A Guide for Care and Support Services (DOC)


Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People In Later Life

In 2011, Stonewall published Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People in Later Life.  In the first study of its kind in Britain, Stonewall commissioned YouGov to survey a sample of 1,050 heterosexual and 1,036 lesbian, gay and bisexual people over the age of 55 across Britain. The survey asked about their experiences and expectations of getting older and examined their personal support structures, family connections and living arrangements. It also asked about how they feel about getting older, the help they expect to need, and what they would like to be available from health and social care services.

This report provides a compelling evidence base for the first time about older lesbian, gay and bisexual people in this country. It also provides practical recommendations for a range of agencies about how to improve things.  Read the full report Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People in Later Life 

Stonewall’s following publications provide a breakdown of participants on the basis of age, where relevant:

Serves You Right
Living Together 
Homophobic hate crime
Prescription for Change

Other research on older and young lesbian, gay and bisexual people includes:

  • The diverse older HIV-positive population: A national profile of economic circumstances, social support, and quality of life, Crystal et al (2003)
  • Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Lives over 50, Heaphy et al (2003)
  • Age and race mixing patterns of sexual partnerships among Asian men who have sex with men: Implications for HIV transmission and prevention K Choi, D
  • Triple jeopardy: Targeting older men of colour who have sex with men, Jimenez (2003)
  • Social Care Needs Of Older Gay Men and Lesbians On Merseyside, Kitchen (2003)
  • Issues facing Older Lesbians, Gay Men and Bisexuals, Age Concern (2002)
  • Opening doors to the needs of older lesbians, gay men and bisexuals, Age Concern England (2002)
  • Lesbian and Gay issues in Residential Care Homes (Blackpool, Fylde, Preston & Wyre), Brown (2002)
  • Efficacy of group psychotherapy for homosexual ageng males, Gagliesi (2002)
  • Lesbian, Gay Male, Bisexual and Transgendered Elders: Elder Abuse and Neglect Issues, Cook-Daniels (2002)
  • The Gay Man's Guide to Growing Older, Lockhart (2002)
  • 'Opening Doors' A Literature Review, Turnbull (2002)
  • The Housing Needs Of Older Lesbians & Gay Men in the North East, Duckworth et al (1999)
  • The Sexual Health Needs of LGBT Young People, LGBT Youth Scotland (2004)
  •  Homophobia, Sexual Orientation and Schools: a Review and Implications for Action, Warwick, Chase, Aggleton (2004)
  • Something to Tell You: A Health Needs Assessment of Young Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual People in Glasgow, Coia, John, Dobbie, Bruce, McGranachan, Simons (2002)
  • Exploring Health Inequalities: The views of young people on Young Gay & Lesbian issues, Christie, Snowsill, Redman (2001)
  • Boys' and Young Men's Health: Literature and Practice Review, Lloyd, Forrest  (2001)
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Homelessness Amongst Lesbian and Gay Youth, O'Connor, Molloy (2001)
  • Teenage Sexuality in Scotland, Burtney (2000)
  • LGBT Youth & Social Inclusion: A Review of Existing Research, Forsyth (2000)

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