Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Seniors' LGBTQ2 social group starting in Langley City

People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, or two-spirited are at a higher risk of being bullied, experiencing homelessness, and committing suicide. Much of this is because of a lack of systematic support in our society, with peers, and at home.

Support systems for people who are LGBTQ2 has improved over the last decade, though there is still much more work to be done. In Langley, there is some support for youth who are LGBTQ2, though many still feel that they must head into Vancouver to truly feel included and accepted.

While it is appropriate that there is a focus on helping LGBTQ2 youth in Langley, there is virtually no support services for LGBTQ2 seniors in our community. For many seniors, mobility can be a challenge; heading into Vancouver is simply not an option to get access to LGBTQ2-focused support and services.

Research from QMUNITY suggests that there are at least 25,000 people over the age of 65 in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley who identify as LGBTQ2.

As noted in their research, “LGBTQ seniors have faced a lifetime of systemic discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identities… Consequently, many LGBTQ seniors live in secrecy, hiding their identities and intimate relationships.”

Social connections are critical for people’s feeling of worth, and mental health. In Langley City, LGBTQ2 seniors will now have an option to connect with others to find inclusion and belonging.

New seniors' LGBTQ2 social group poster. Select image to enlarge.

The first seniors’ LGBTQ2 social gathering will be held on Monday, January 22, 2018 from noon until 2pm at Timms Community Centre.

For more information, please email

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