Public Services Safety for LGBTQ2+ Older Adults and Workers

Public Services Safety for LGBTQ2+ Older Adults and Workers

Categories: Panel Discussions | Intended for

Thursday, March 11, 2021

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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Via Zoom Webinar:

Contact Information

Susan Braedley, 613-290-4668,


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About this Event

Host Organization: CU, CUPE, Egale
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PANEL AND REPORT LAUNCH (for French language panel, please see event on March 12).

Please join us for the launch and panel discussion of a brand new research report “It’s Got to be About Safety”: Public Services that Work for LGBTQ2+ Older Adults and LGBTQ2+ Workers in Canada, produced by Carleton University research partners from the SSHRC Partnership, Age-Friendly Communities-in-Communities: International Promising Practices, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and Egale Canada.

LGBTQ2+ older adults and LGBTQ2+ workers have fought for decades to make long-term care facilities, libraries, drop-in programs and other public services accessible and safer spaces. Together, Egale and the CUPE partnered with Carleton researchers Christine Streeter and Susan Braedley in the School of Social Work to investigate the experiences of LGBTQ2+ workers and LGBTQ2+ older adults from five provinces.

What they found:

• The concerns of service users and workers overlap in many ways, and so do the solutions. Where LGBTQ2+ workers are safer, LGBTQ2+ older adults are safer, and vice versa.
• LGBTQ2+ older adults and workers face stereotypes, exclusion, discrimination, harassment and violence.
• Racialized, Black, trans, Indigenous, persons with disabilities and low income LGBTQ2+ people face the worst conditions and their perspectives get erased.
• Responsibility for making public services safer and accessible has fallen disproportionately on workers, letting managers, owners, boards of directors, governments and accreditation agencies off the hook.
• Great work is happening, but it is often isolated and small-scale.
• More change is needed at the systems level.
The report contains promising practices: interventions, programs, services and strategies that are effective or show potential and will improve safety and accessibility in public services for LGBTQ2+ communities.

English Panel:

-Elias Chaccour, PhD Student, York University

-Susan Braedley, Associate Professor, Carleton University

-Gina McKay, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 2348

-Robert Nelder, Senior Pride Network

-Christine Streeter, PhD Candidate, Carleton University

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