Posted on by Alastair Lawrie, at alastairlawrie.net
This post is the final in a series of six, reporting the results of The State of Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia survey I conducted at the start of 2017.
In all, 1,672 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) Australians provided valid responses to that survey.
In this article, I will be focusing on their answers to four questions, asking whether they have experienced discrimination in health, community services or aged care, whether any of this discrimination occurred in the past 12 months, whether this discrimination related to religious organisations and to provide an example of the discrimination that they experienced.
Reluctance to reveal their sexual identity is widespread among non-heterosexual senior citizens in long-term care. A recent national survey of this population by the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging—which provides support and services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender elders—found that the respondents were frequently mistreated by care-center staff, including cases of verbal and physical harassment, as well as refusal of basic services. Some respondents reported being prayed for and warned they might “go to hell” for their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Over the last 35 years, HIV has been transformed from what was once a fatal illness to a chronic condition that people can now easily manage. Therefore, people with HIV are able to live longer and reach old age. As people living with HIV start to access aged care services, what effect will this have on the Aged Care Worker and the role they perform?
This booklet was developed for Aged Care Workers who work in a range of
residential facilities and in the community providing services to clients in their
own homes. The booklet provides basic information about HIV and the effect
of HIV and HIV treatment on the ageing process.