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LGBT Age is a service for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Edinburgh and the Lothians. The service is run by LGBT Health and Wellbeing and offers support to LGBT people over 50 in a number of ways:

  • Social opportunities, outings and events to improve social networks and have a bit of fun.

  • A volunteer befriending scheme providing one-to-one support. This can take a number of forms depending on what people are looking for - social contact and good banter, pursuit of hobbies, support to attend events or appointments.

  • An information service on a range of topics including LGBT and mainstream services, housing and legal matters.

  • An advocacy service to offer individuals support in dealing with issues such as accessing health and social care services or challenging discrimination.

LGBT Age will also work with mainstream services to raise awareness of issues affecting older LGBT people and ensure that older LGBT people recieve culturally appropriate and sensitive services that welcome us and meet our needs.


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LGBT Age Capacity Building Project


Are you over 65?  Do you live in Edinburgh?  The LGBT Age Capacity Building Project has made a film about the issues faced by older LGBT people living in the community and holds a monthly Reference Group meeting for members to discuss the issues that matter to them. If you would like to find out more please contact Claire by email: or call 0131 523 1102.



The links below contain useful information on services and support for older LGBT people


First LGBT Elders Day Centre opens in NYC

Social invisibility is a problem for many older people 

Residential care can force gay pensioners back into closet

Stonewall Report 

MESMAC North East - Older People

Opening Doors London

GMFA - Older Peoples Social Groups

Beaumont Society

Age Uk - Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual guide

cags - silverrainbow

GMH - Primetime

When HIV moves into nursing homes

Spain's first LGBT care home

Caffmos Community

Perspectives on Ageing: Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals 

New Older LGBT Services open in US

LGBT Age in Polari Magazine

Man Fights 1950s Gay Criminal Record

Older LGBT People's Concerns about Residential Care

Including Older LGBT People in Housing with Care