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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Ageing: New Book for 2012


On the back of our successful Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) seminar series, Richard Ward (University of Manchester), Mike Sutherland (Robert Gordon University) and I are pleased to announce our forthcoming edited book on LGBT ageing. The book is called “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Ageing: Biographical Approaches for Inclusive Care and Support” and is published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.This book shows how understanding service users’ biographies can increase understanding about the distinct perspectives of older LGBT people, and enhance inclusive care and support. The chapters explore LGBT people’s expectations and fears surrounding care and the provision of services, the impact of discrimination, and specific issues such as HIV, dementia and end-of-life care. Drawing on the examples of community projects that provide services and build networks, we hope that the voices of older LGBT people are heard throughout the book through the use of case examples and original research.


Introduction written by Mike Sutherland (Robert Gordon University, UK) Ian Rivers (Brunel University, UK) and Richard Ward (University of Manchester, UK)

Part 1 – Growing Older: Diverse Pathways into Later Life.

Chapter 1: Imagining the Unimaginable: Bisexual Roadmaps for Ageing written by Rebecca L. Jones (Open University, UK)

Chapter 2: Care Anticipated: Older lesbians and Gay Men Consider their Future Needs written by Stephen Pugh (University of Salford, UK).

Chapter 3: Trans Ageing: Thoughts on a Life Course Approach In Order to Better Understand Trans Lives written by Louis Bailey (Trans Resource and Empowerment Centre, UK).

Chapter 4: ‘Women Like That’: Older Lesbians in the UK written by Jane Traies (University of Sussex, UK).

Part Two – Implications for Health and Social Care Practice

Chapter 5: ‘I’m Older Than I Ever Thought I Would Be’: The Lived Experiences of Ageing in HIV Positive Gay Men written by Robin Wright (Patient Consultant), Gareth J. Owen (University of Exeter, UK) and José Catalan (Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, UK).

Chapter 6: Categories and their Consequences: Understanding and Supporting the Caring Relationships of Older Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People written by Ann Cronin (Lancaster University, UK), Richard Ward (University of Manchester, UK), Stephen Pugh (University of Salford, UK), Andrew King (Kingston University, UK) and Elizabeth Price (University of Hull, UK).

Chapter 7: Care Near the End of Life: The Concerns, Needs and Experiences of LGBT Elders written by Gary L. Stein (Yeshiva University, New York, USA) and Kathryn Almack (University of Nottingham, UK).

Part 3 – Community Engagement and Support

Chapter 8: Polari’s Life Story: Learning from Work with Older LGBT People written by Lindsay River (Polari, UK) and Richard Ward (University of Manchester, UK).

Chapter 9: Opening Doors and Opening Minds: Sharing One Project’s Experience of Successful Community Engagement written by Sally Knocker (independent trainer and consultant), Nick Maxwell (Age UK Camden) Mike Phillips (freelance trainer and consultant), and Stacey Halls (Age UK Camden).

Chapter 10: Ageing in Gay Brighton written by Kath Browne, Leela Bakshi and Jason Lim (University of Brighton, UK).

Chapter 11: Meeting the Needs of LGBT People Affected by Dementia: The Story of the LGBT Dementia Support Network written by Roger Newman MBE and Elizabeth Price (University of Hull, UK).

Conclusion: Making Space for LGBT Lives in Health and Social Care written by Richard Ward (University of Manchester, UK).

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