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:
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