In 2013 it was apparent to EPSG that much work needed to be done to improve the lives of older 2SLGBTQIA+ seniors living in Edmonton senior residences and long term care facilities.

Our greatest fear was community members were being forced back into the closet, in order to live ‘safely’ within these senior residential spaces. By 2015, we’d conducted our first survey and heard back from 141 community members. We heard about their preferences for the type of housing and services they would want for themselves during their older years.

We also hosted a symposium for local agencies and professionals. We shared our survey findings and our perspectives about “2SLGBTQIA+ – senior appropriate” housing and services. Over the past 8 years, we’ve initiated several local outreach activities. These will be the focus of future discussion in this section of our EPSG News, watch this space.