Exploring the Concerns of LGBTQ+ Seniors Living on the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Resource Centre
Description / Summary

The Sunshine Coast Resource Centre obtained a grant from the New Horizons for Seniors program of the Government of Canada. The grant period was October 1, 2019 to March 27, 2020. The purpose of the grant was to explore the concerns of seniors who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and 2Spirit or others marginalized due to their sexual orientation or gender identity (LGBTQ2+). The project aimed to determine services this community may need and identify gaps in services currently available.

The project activities were divided into two phases:

1. Outreach in the fall of 2019 where over 70 LGBTQ2+ seniors identified concerns regarding housing, safety, financial security, health care and the sense of belonging within the larger community

2. Organizational collaboration in the spring of 2020 which explored how local organizations are serving this population and offered education and support, where needed, to bridge identified service gaps.