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"Rights and Issues of Elder LGBTI+ Persons and Examples from the World Study And Research Report” has been published: In order not to be lonely, impoverished and deprived of...

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"Rights and Issues of Elder LGBTI+ Persons and Examples from the World Study And Research Report” was prepared and published by 17 May Association with the support of ILGA Europe within the scope of Eldely LGBTI+ Project held between July 2020-February 2021.

How we started?

Prior to conduct these studies on LGBTI+ aging, 17 May Association’s 40+ Lubunya Initiative, tried to find an answer to the question; “How is growing old together possible?”, as well as trying to analyze where we are and how we are now currently. In order for growing old together, we have decided to be organized based on the fact that we should strive for spending our days and time together. Although we position ourselves in LGBTI+ movement as queers coming together as 40+ initiative, we think that each one of us questions in some point where we are considering the fact that there is a constant change in the language, dynamics and culture of the LGBTI+ movement. While this creates a challenge for us, it has also paved the way for us to initiate 40+ Lubunya process. We are also in need of questioning where we are, since the LGBTI+ movement has produced little information on LGBTI+ aging, despite the fact that we, as 40+ Lubunya, are also the components of the movement. We try to cope with all of those challenges not only from the perspective of the structure of LGBTI+ movement but also from legal and legislative perspective. Therefore, 17 May Association’s 40+ Lubunya Initiative made a review on the good examples from the world and used it as the inspiration to identify the rights and problems of LGBTI+ elders in Turkey and to understand what can we do together in this sense in Turkey while initiating the study and research on the subject of this report.

What did we do in project?

"Elderly LGBTI+ Project” conducted with the support of ILGA Europe between 1 July 2020 and 28 February 2021. Elderly LGBTI+ Project became a capacity building project and a networking opportunity for 17 May Association’s 40 LGBTI+ Study Group in providing intersectional knowledge and resources for advocacy and lobbying, and raising awareness on elderly LGBTI+ rights and issues in Turkey. Also, the project produced this resource material/roadmap on rights and issues of Elder LGBTI+ persons. The activities conducted within the scope of the study between 1 July 2020 and February 2021 were as follows: Online Research on Rights and Issues of Elder LGBTI+ Persons and Collecting Good Examples Domestically and Globally (July, August 2020); Online Training on HIV and Elder LGBTI+ Persons (28 September 2020); Online Training on Law and Elder LGBTI+ Persons (19 October 2020); Online Meeting on Solidarity and Living Cooperatives and Elder LGBTI+ Persons (16 November 2020); Elder LGBTI+ Persons and Social Policies Meeting organized with Kaos GL (26 November 2020); Online Meeting on Elder LGBTI + Persons in the Context of Human Rights, Civil Society-Aging Studies (30 November 2020); Online Meeting on Elder LGBTI+ Persons in the Context of Social Services (14 December 2020); to share the information of the project and the report book with the field: “Lubunya is Ageless”- Early New Year's Meeting & Online Party (25 December 2020); Online Consultation and Strategy Meeting (11 February 2021); Distribution of Materials Produced and Media Coverage.

You can find the outcomes of those activities and meeting notes of those online events in this report book. With this project and with this report report, it was aimed to produce a resource material on the rights and problems of LGBTI+ elders and to determine a road map and in this regard, this report was prepared and presented to the attention of all relevant institutions and persons.

The organization led by the 17 May Association, which develops by the culture of comradeship and which is shaped by growing old together, aims to address the field of social policies and social services in favor of LGBTI+ persons with this study and this report book.

Follow us, in addition to the information and news on all future studies on Aging and Elder LGBTI+ Persons to be conducted. You can reach digital copy of this “Rights and Issues of Elder LGBTI+ Persons and Examples from the World Study And Research Report” prepared in partnership with the 17 May Association and Kaos GL, in Turkish from this link, in English from this link.


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