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Coming Back Out: Elder LGBTI+: Warrnambool

When

Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (LGBTI) people remember an era of state-sanctioned stigma and discrimination that might be hard for younger people to fathom. It wasn’t until 1997 that sex between men, for example, was decriminalised in every Australian state and territory.

For many older LGBTI+ people, the world they live in today is drastically different to the world they inhabited in the past. Getting older can sometimes mean both a feeling of invisibility and, conversely, an increased sense of surveillance. For LGBTI+ people, those propositions can pose a particular set of problems.

How can we respect the diverse sexual orientations of older Australians? How can LGBTI+ elders know and assert their rights as they navigate the complex, confusing and sometimes intimidating aged care system? And how important is visibility of LGBTI+ older people – for individuals and for the broader Australian population?

At the tail end of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey – and months of heated, often painful public debate on the issue – join Tristan Meecham, Heather Morgan, Lizzi Craig, Pauline Crameri and more for a conversation about a compassionate and respectful future for LGBTI+ people as they age.

Presented in partnership with All the Queens Men, National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Conference and Warrnambool City Council. Haven is a pop-up safe space and a month-long series of events to support Warrnambool’s LGBTI+ community.

Featuring

Tristan Meecham

Tristan Meecham is an artist who facilitates creative frameworks that enable social transformation; connecting community, audience and artists together in events that transcend the everyday. He is the Director of All The Queens Men. All The Queens Men create spectacular theatrical and participator... Read more

Heather Morgan

Heather Morgan retired in 2017 as team leader at The Positive Living Centre, part of the Victorian Aids Council, where she worked since 2008. In 1991, she was a founding member of Switchboard – a confidential telephone counselling service for Melbourne’s queer community. Following this, she ... Read more

Lizzi Craig

Lizzi Craig is now retired, after working for over a decade with the Victorian AIDS Council as a Client Care and Support Officer at the Positive Living Centre. As part of this role, Lizzi engaged with many clients at the centre and at their homes to offer support, assessment and ongoing referral to ... Read more

Pauline Crameri

Pauline Crameri is the co-ordinator of Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care, part of GLHV, at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, Melbourne. Val’s is a Victorian statewide programme working to increase the visibility, health and quality of care for older L... Read more

Location

Haven, Warrnambool Art Gallery

26 Liebig Street Warrnambool 3280 Australia

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