First RIAS Policy Workshop: Lifelong Equality, 24 May 2017

On 24 May 2017 the RIAS, together with local partners (Middelburg City Council, Roosevelt Foundation, and University College Roosevelt), held an international policy workshop on the subject of LGBTQ Elderly Care.

The workshop included participants from the Netherlands and the United States, and was dedicated to exploring best practices in the care for seniors who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ). Over the past few years, a plurality of independent studies and government surveys have shown that LGBTQ senior citizens are a particularly vulnerable group that requires specialized care. Many have struggled against stigma throughout their lives, and risk going back 'into the closet' as they become dependent on eldery care.

The workshop was intended to foster an exchange of ideas between experts and practioners in the fields of LGBTQ rights and health- and elderly care. It featured presentations by Eveline van de Putte, author of Stormachtig Stil, Levensverhalen van Roze Ouderen, Dr. Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, Director of the Healthy Generations Hartford Center of Excellence at the University of Washington, and Aaron Tax, Director of Advocacy for SAGE (Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders).

Download the program.

More information on the speakers.