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Two in five older LGBT people expect to be discriminated against in care homes, Stonewall says

Elderly LGBT people in Scotland are so afraid of going into care homes where they face homophobic discrimination that some are considering assisted suicide instead, research has shown.

Two in five older gay, bisexual and trans people expect to face discrimination in residential care, according to Stonewall. The rights charity said that the scale of homophobia was difficult to assess, however, because many people in such homes felt obliged to hide their sexuality.

New research from Edinburgh University has shown that the fear of being separated in care or forced back into the closet is so acute that many older people would prefer to avoid residential care even at the expense of their health.


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