Invitation: Intergenerational Issues and LGBT people

ESRC SEMINAR SERIES: Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People 'Minding the Knowledge Gaps'

Venue - Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford
Date - 10th September 2013 (Tuesday) Time - 9.45-16.00

‘Intergenerational Issues and LGBT people’ will be held at the University of Oxford on Tuesday 10th September 2013. This FREE ground-breaking seminar addresses intergenerational contact between older and younger lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people. It intends to bring together academics, service providers, and LGBT activists and community members. Its aim is to explore gaps in current knowledge and provision, and to find ways forward.

Speakers at this event are Antony Smith, Development Officer for Equalities and Human Rights, Age UK and Dr Catherine McNamara, Pro-Dean (Students) at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London who is also a co-founder and director of Gendered Intelligence, who  will be showcasing InterArts, an intergenerational arts programme for older and younger LGBTQ people. Small group workshops in the afternoon will provide plenty of opportunities for discussions.

A number of travel bursaries are available, based on an assessment of need. The seminar particularly welcomes additionally marginalised community members, such as those who are unwaged or from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities.

Research has suggested that ageism seems to be prevalent in the LGBT community, and there is little contact between older and younger LGBT people, who often move in different social circles and occupy different leisure spaces. There are also very few organised social networks in which older and younger LGBT people have the opportunity to meet. This denies younger LGBT people the chance to hear about and learn directly of their heritage from older LGBT people. It also denies older LGBT people the opportunity to pass on their stories. It also denies both older and younger LGBT people the possibility of intergenerational support, positive role modelling, and the chance for mentoring and befriending between young and old.
This is the second of a six-seminar series funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, aimed at identifying gaps in knowledge about LGBT ageing in six key areas: older bisexual people's lives; older trans people's experiences; race, ethnicity and religion; economics, resources and social networks; intergenerational issues; and health and social care. Future seminars will be held at the University of Surrey and Nottingham University.

Places are limited so early registration is advised. For more information, go to:

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