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First ever policy paper to address multiple discrimination suffered by older LGBTI people in Europe



In the framework of the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, AGE Platform Europe (AGE) and ILGA-Europe have joined forces to put the focus on the situation of older lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people (LGBTI) in Europe. In a joint policy paper launched on November 16th the two platforms suggest best practices and policy recommendations to help older LGBTI people going through those life stage transitions.

The policy paper “Equality for older lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people in Europe” is the first of its kind at European level and it calls for actions both at EU and national levels.

The two NGOs call for a comprehensive and coherent approach to tackle multiple discrimination of older LGBTI people, and for development of adequate policy responses to support ageing LGBTI communities.

In the policy paper AGE and ILGA-Europe have identified four main challenges faced by older LGBTI people:

  • The lack of recognition of same-sex couples has an impact on their access to social protection and on their financial security. This becomes particularly worrying when people get older and cannot ensure that their partner will have access to their pensions and assets.
  • Older LGBTI people may have specific health needs and may face ongoing stigmatisation in the field of healthcare.
  • Some elderly LGBTI people experience social exclusion and invisibility and cannot rely on the same family support as other older people.
  • This raises specific challenges related to long-term care, inclusive of older LGBTI people needs.

The joint policy paper may be downloaded here.

Promoteur: AGE Platform Europe

AGE Platform Europe is a European network of around 165 organisations of and for people aged 50+. The purpose of its work is to voice and promote the interests of the 150 million inhabitants aged 50+ in the EU and to raise awareness of the issues that concern them most.


The European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association  (ILGA-Europe) is a European NGO with 391 LGBTI member organisations in 45 European countries. ILGA-Europe enjoys consultative status at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), participative status at the Council of Europe and receives financial support from the European Commission and other funders.

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