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Older Lesbians And Gays Accessing Health And Aged-Care Services, Mark Hughes Jan 2007

Older Lesbians And Gays Accessing Health And Aged-Care Services, Mark Hughes

School of Arts and Social Sciences

The present paper examines older lesbian and gay people's experiences of and expectations for the delivery of health and aged-care services. In-depth narrative interviews were conducted with older gays and lesbians in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney (NSW, Australia). Data were analysed by identifying evaluative statements within specific narratives and grouping these statements into themes. Participants reflected on the meaning of their sexual identity and how they would like it to be acknowledged when in contact with health and aged-care service providers. In addition to direct discrimination, participants reported a more indirect form of discrimination in providers' assumption ...