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:



Developing Inclusive and Affirming Care

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

Other Helpful Organizations

BC Care Association


Other Web Links

The LGBTQI2S Dignity Project

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal (Blog)

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