Thursday, February 12, 2015

Blog 2: Europes First LBGT Retirement Home

There is a lot of criticism against the LBGT communities. So you can imagine that as the people of the LGBT community get older they may worry about where they can spend out the rest of life and be happy. In Europe they have their first LBGT retirement home. “People want security in old age,” says Christer Fällman, 55, the chairman and youngest resident of the Regnbågen (rainbow) housing project. “They want closeness to other people, and not to be so lonely.” The community is in Stockholm, Sweden. The warmth and liveliness in the common room of the Regnbågen block is certainly a contrast to the reserved scene outside. In spite of being immaculately clean, it feels lived in. The white walls are dotted with paintings and, in one corner, a rainbow-coloured kite stands as a small “here be gays” reminder. Stockholm, Sweden is predominantly Christian so there has been some speculation against the community itself with the church. According to the article studies have shown that retirement home residents are reluctant to open up about their sexuality. A report by Stonewall showed that older gay and bisexual people in the UK are much more likely than their hetero counterparts to live alone and to lack family support. The charity found that older gay men are three times more likely to be single than straight men, and that 41% of elderly LGBT people live alone. What I have noticed is this is a common denominator all around the globe in many cultures. It doesn’t matter what country. The LBGT communities always lack support and are usually some of the poorest in the country and most disrespected. Especially in countries such as the hijras in India.
By: tabitha Mclaughlin
11:15pm, Feburary 12, 2015

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