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Later life

Being an older LGBT person isn’t always easy – research from the International Longevity Centre UK  showed that they face higher rates of loneliness and ill health, as well as facing prejudice and misunderstanding around their identity when they access health and social care. Our 2011 report* showed that lesbian, gay and bi people over 55 are more likely to be single and live alone, and less likely to have children or regularly see family members, than their straight counterparts.

At Stonewall, we want to support all LGBT people, no matter their age or the problems they’re facing. We’ve put together the following list of resources, groups and organisations that can provide you with support, advice, and social connections. We hope you find them helpful.

Practical advice can be found through the following links:

Planning for Later Life: a guide for lesbian, gay & bisexual people (2014) (in partnership with Co-Operative Funeral Care)*.

Our page on pensions.

Our page on wills and leaving a legacy through Stonewall.

Our page about disregarding historic convictions for gross indecency.

*Please note, this research is from before Stonewall’s work became trans inclusive. These reports do not necessarily represent the current landscape and we're working to update the information, and ensure it's trans inclusive. Take a look at the rest of our other research.

Social groups:

Here’s just a small selection of organisations focused on supporting people over 50:

Opening Doors London (ODL) is the biggest charity providing information and support services specifically for older LGBT people in the UK. They are a membership organisation providing regular social opportunities across the capital to help develop networks and communities for LGBT people aged over 50.

Older LGBT+ people housing network provides a platform for shared dialogue about housing issues faced by older LGBT+ people. It comprises of regional groups in London, Brighton, Birmingham and Manchester. The network is run by Stonewall Housing. 

The Diversity Trust provide ‘Care Under the Rainbow’ online learning materials and films for making care homes more inclusive for older LGBT+ people in England and Wales. 

Age UK provide support for LGBT people across the UK.  

MeetUps is a directory of local groups and activities close to where you are.

You can find more local groups and organisations through Stonewall's online database What's In My Area.

For further information contact Stonewall's Information Service.