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Our Elders & Older People

About Our Elders & Older People

Celebrating the Legacy: Honouring our LGBTI Older People and Elders in Queensland 

In the vibrant tapestry of Queensland's diverse LGBTI+ community, the voices and experiences of older individuals form an integral thread, weaving through the rich history and shaping the vibrant present. As the Queensland Council for LGBTI Health, formerly known as the Queensland AIDS Committee, it is our privilege to pay homage to the invaluable contributions and enduring legacy of LGBTI older people and elders in our state. 


Importance for our Communities

The history of LGBTI older people and elders in Queensland is one of spirit, courage, and perseverance in the face of adversity. From the shadows of discrimination and marginalisation emerged pioneers who fought tirelessly for equality and justice. Their journeys are marked by both triumphs and tribulations, reflecting the broader struggle for LGBTI+ rights in Australia.

In the not-so-distant past, Queensland, like much of the world, grappled with institutionalised homophobia and transphobia. Legal barriers, social stigma, and the presence of HIV/AIDS cast a long shadow over the community. Yet, in the face of these challenges, LGBTI older people stood as beacons of hope, advocating for change, fostering solidarity, and nurturing a sense of belonging.


Their activism spanned decades, from the early battles for decriminalisation and anti-discrimination laws to the pivotal moments of the HIV/AIDS crisis, where grassroots organisations emerged as lifelines of support and compassion. Through their resilience, they paved the way for progress, leaving an indelible mark on the landscape of LGBTI+ rights in Queensland.

Today, as we stand on the shoulders of these giants, it is paramount to recognise the importance of LGBTI older people and elders within our communities. They are not just witnesses to history but active participants in shaping our collective future. Their wisdom, lived experiences, and stories are invaluable treasures, enriching the fabric of our community and providing guidance for the generations to come. 


Moreover, LGBTI older people and elders serve as living embodiments of resilience and strength, inspiring us to continue the fight for equality and social justice. Their presence reminds us of the progress we have made and the challenges that lie ahead. By honouring their contributions, we reaffirm our commitment to creating a more inclusive and equitable society for all. 


The Queensland Council for LGBTI Health celebrates the remarkable legacy of LGBTI older people and elders in Queensland. Their courage, resilience, and unwavering commitment to justice have left an indelible mark on our community. As we move forward, let us cherish and learn from their stories, ensuring that their contributions are recognised, valued, and honoured for generations to come. Together, we will continue to build a future where every individual, regardless of age, gender identity, or sexual orientation, can thrive and live authentically. 


LGBTI Seniors Visiting Service

The LGBTI Seniors Visiting Service matches trained volunteer visitors with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Sistergirl and Brotherboy senior and elder clients who feel alone or isolated from their community due to health, mobility or other issues.

Aged Care Navigation

The Queensland Council for LGBTI Health's care finder program provides a free, independent and confidential service to senior LGBTIQ+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy folks, their families and carers, living in the Brisbane North region.

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