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Kaos GL magazine is calling for “Elderliness”

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

“Elderliness/ Aging” will be opened to discussion in Kaos GL magazine’s next issue. We will be waiting for your contributions until 10th of April.

Illustration: Steve Moors

Kaos GL magazine published since 1994 will focus on elderliness in May-June 2018 volume.

Call for papers is as follows:

“While LGBTI visibility has been increasing in recent years, we have also been witnessing that heterosexist practices continue to discriminate us systematically almost every day with different ways and strategies at work, school, hospital, on the streets, etc. But, how were LGBTIs who had lived in this region 40-50 years ago experiencing this discrimination in such period where there was no LGBTI visibility and there were no non-homophobic and non-transphobic professionals?

“Senior LGBTIs, who had to live an isolated life and could not come out anyone -even the professionals- due to the existing prejudices, have problems to reach any public services. When they could reach these services, they still can neither benefit protective supports nor elderly care services at the risk of permanent damages.

“Additionally, the fact that LGBTI organizations and events are mostly youth-oriented and consist of young staff may prevent old-aged LGBTIs to meet on a common ground with young LGBTIs in terms of their identities.

“Most of us were rejected by our families, and currently we are living in non-traditional “family” arrangements. However, the fact that our alternative families are not recognized by government agencies may lead an important question for us, who will grow old together, with regards to access to health. As we experience that doctors treat “all” patients equal under the condition that patients are heterosexual and cisgender, and we try to correct that understanding almost all of our hospital experiences. But, under these conditions, how can older LGBTIs provide their intensive needs? What are the costs of being cared? What kind of isolation are “the parent” who do not tell the success stories of their children exposed to in retirement homes? During any medical intervention needed, are the consent of their long-termed partner asked, or rather consent of their biological family that they have not had any contact since many years?

“In this volume, we will focus both how LGBTIs in this region get older and how in other regions/ countries handle the discrimination against old LGBTIs with different strategies. If you would like to contribute, please send your papers no later than 10th of April via editor@kaosgl.org.”

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