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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Aging

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Publication details

Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
DatePublished - 26 Mar 2015
Number of pages5
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868


Older lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgenders (LGBTs) share many of the concerns of younger LGBT, exacerbated by aging. They also share many of the concerns of older heterosexual people, magnified through the lens of gender and sexuality. The accumulative effects of discrimination and marginalization can have an impact on well-being among many LGBT in older age, although for some strong social support networks can act as buffers and promote resilience. They are also echoed in health and social care provision for older people, which is often heteronormative at best and prejudiced at worst. Many older LGBT face being unwillingly 'outed' through care needs and/or having to go back into the closet to avoid discrimination. There is a need to address ageism in the LGBT community and sexuality and gender discrimination among age-related services.

    Research areas

  • Aging, Bisexual aging, Bisexual people, older, Gay aging, Gay men, older, Lesbian aging, Lesbians, older, LGBT aging, Older, Older bisexual, Older gay men, Older lesbians, Older LGBT, Older trans, Trans aging, Trans, older

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