Human rights are an important issue for all ages. During the WorldPride festival this year (June 20 – 29), Toronto is hosting the WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014. This conference creates opportunities for individuals engaged in the community to discuss lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) rights around the world.
WorldPride is holding an event that may be of interest for LGBT older adults. Generations of Queer is described as an exhibition that focuses on “storytelling; creating a dialogue between the works of two senior artists and two younger artists who have come into queer discourses as beneficiaries of the activism of their predecessors”.
Across Canada there are organizations that provide support specifically for the LGBT older adult community.
Senior Pride Network The Senior Pride Network describes itself as “an association of individuals, organizations and community groups that share an interest and commitment to expanding programs and services for 50+ lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people in the City of Toronto and throughout Canada”.
CARP Pink Chapter shares the core values of CARP but also recognizes that “while many of the issues faced by Canadians as we age are common, some of the needs and challenges facing our LGBT members as they age, including issues with the health care system; legal rights, including powers of attorney; housing and long term care, etc., differ from their heterosexual counterparts”.
519 Church Street Community Centre in Toronto “Older LGBT Program provides people with opportunities to make deeper connections with their peers by socializing and learning through special events, guest speakers and promoting related community resources. The Older LGBT Program offers a weekly Monday drop-in with programming for older LGBT people in our community. Everyone is invited, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation”.
QMUNITY Generations in Vancouver “reflects an exciting and innovative approach to age specific service delivery, education, and community”. The QMUNITY offers older adult support/discussion groups, social activities, recreational activities, educational workshops and special events.
The Ottawa Senior Pride Network is “committed to creating safe, LGBT-friendly services and residential environments and building a strong, connected, visible senior queer community in Ottawa”.
Do you know your rights? View the 30 basic human rights as put forth by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.