Posts by Lucky

Keep on moving

We’re running a free movement workshop for LGBTQ+ people aged 55 and over at The Place on Saturday 20 April 2019 with the brilliant choreographer Gary Clarke. Gary Clarke has a huge amount of experience working with community-driven projects, most recently with the LGBTQ+ community in Hull and the queer performance collective Duckie for Hull City of Culture 2017. You can read more about that piece, Into The Light, which explored the 50 years of LGBTQ+ life since partial decriminalisation here. Instead of learning steps and routines dreamed up by Gary, we will be learning how to start telling our

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Why we all need our own tribe, whatever our age, wherever we live

Collective living can be difficult for older LGBTQ+ people when residents or staff are unwelcoming or downright hostile but connecting with other queer people can make all the difference. This is Cecilia’s story. When Cecilia moved into sheltered accommodation with Anchor Trust Housing 10 years ago, she was initially wary about coming out to the other residents in her new East London home. She had moved to London to escape not one but two bouts of homophobic harassment, first in Manchester and later in Derbyshire, and wanted to do everything she could to avoid a third in her new surroundings. Cecilia

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Unlocking the closet doors in our care homes

When older LGBTQ+ people leave their own flats or houses and move into sheltered housing or care homes, many of them have to ask themselves if they want to come out to everyone in the collective living community they are joining. There are all sorts of reasons that might give them pause. The marketing leaflet may not have included any photographs of same-sex couples. The onsite staff may have assumed they were heterosexual or cis-gendered without asking them. Their new neighbours may have been overheard making prejudiced remarks – about other residents, staff members or people on TV. And all

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