LGBTQ2S+ stands for Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and 2-Spirited. The “plus” (+) incorporates other possibilities like queer questioning, gender fluid, asexual, and pansexual. We also include allies and supporters of these communities.

It’s conservatively estimated that there are just over 350,000 LGBTQ2S+ seniors living in Metro Vancouver area alone, but this group of seniors are both under counted and underserved (Source: QMUNITY).

While many seniors and older adults face a number of struggles with poverty, abuse, and neglect later in life, seniors who identify as LGBTQ2S+ are disproportionally affected due to lifelong discrimination and stigma (Source: McMaster).

Community connections are especially important, as LGBTQ seniors and older adults are more likely to rely on care from a “found family” – neighbors or friends, rather than biological relatives (Source: McMaster).

Please visit the pages of our two LOVE LGBTQ2S+ community response networks for more information:


Aging Out: Moving Towards Queer and Trans* Competent Care for Seniors

Developing Inclusive and Affirming Care

LGBT Housing Matters

LGBTQ2+ Seniors – Improving Care Presentation (2021)

New research on LGBTQ2S Housing – MacEachen Institute Media Release 


Other Helpful Organizations

BC Care Providers Association – Aging with Pride


Other Web Links

Living OUT and Visibly Engaged (LOVE) Community Response Network (Facebook Community)

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal (Blog)

Pride 2020: Trans Care

Safe, affirming & affordable housing for older LGBT Canadians (Video)

The LGBTQI2S Dignity Project