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modified on Wednesday 22 February 2017 08.34 GMT
Manchester city council has announced plans to create the
UKs first retirement community aimed at lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender people.
According to the local authority, the city is home to the
countrys largest number of LGBT people outside of
London and is due to see a rapid growth in the number of
LGBT residents over 65 in the next two decades. More than
7,000 over-50s living in Manchester identify as LGBT.
A recent report by the Manchester-based LGBT Foundation,
commissioned by the council, revealed that older LGBT
people experience higher levels of loneliness and
Many were fearful of discrimination in existing
accommodation and there was a desire for affordable
LGBT-specific housing where people could be open about
their identity in later life.
The extra care scheme a targeted development for
older people will house a minimum of 51% LGBT
residents, but heterosexual people will also be welcome
to apply to live in the accommodation.
The housing will have specially trained staff based on
site and pets will be welcome. As well as the LGBT
Foundation, the project is being supported by Stonewall
Housing and the Homes and Communities Agency. No specific
location or timetable for the project has been announced.
Carl Austin-Behan, who last year became Manchesters
first openly gay lord mayor, said it was important for
people to know they were going to be respected by the
other people living in their sheltered accommodation.
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In this day and age, when people are more open and
able to speak freely about their sexuality, some of the
older generation are still a little bit more reserved
with it, he said. Its important that
once theyve come out and been themselves
that 20 years later they dont feel like they cant
be themselves, and arent discriminated against.
A 2014 survey of care home staff by the University of
Nottingham found that LGBT residents were not disclosing
their sexual orientation or gender identity to staff,
with many care home workers thinking there were no LGBT
residents in the accommodation they worked in.
Cllr Bev Craig, one of Manchester city councils
leads for the LGBT population, said prejudice and
discrimination could be a real problem facing older LGBT
[They] shouldnt have to face the prospect as
they get older of being surrounded by people who may not
accept their sexuality or gender identity, she
Older people should never feel isolated by who they
are, or who they love. Alongside improving this in
general provision, it is time that we develop a scheme in
Manchester that provides care for LGBT people, providing
a place where the LGBT community can give each other a
network of support in older age.
Paul Martin, chief executive of the LGBT Foundation, said
the charitys research showed that more than half of
the lesbian, gay and bisexual people over 55 felt their
sexual orientation would have a negative impact on
getting older, with social isolation identified as a
Manchester prides itself as an age-friendly city,
and we welcome the announcement of this scheme as a
significant move towards improving the lives of older
LGBT people in the area, he said.