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LGBTQ2+ Seniors

The Sunshine Coast Resource Centre is currently exploring the needs and experiences of senior members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer community (LGBTQ2+) on the Sunshine Coast.

The project was launched October 4, 2019 with an outreach survey inviting community members to participate. The project will run to March, 2020.

There will be several activities in Fall 2019 to reach seniors in the LGBTQ+ community to learn of their experiences and needs regarding services such as health care, public safety, access to amenities and housing.

Fall activities will include discussion groups and an on-line survey as well as individual interviews where needed.

Recommendations gleaned from the data collected will be shared with various organizations providing services to seniors on the Sunshine Coast in early spring to see if gaps can be addressed or training provided.

We have been identifying needs and concerns of seniors on the Coast for several years but have never targeted the LGBTQ2+ seniors or their allies to determine their specific needs. This is a first effort and we are sure we will learn a lot.

If you, or a friend or family member would like to take part in any of these information-gathering sessions, please contact Betty Baxter, project coordinator, at bettybaxter@dccnet.com.