This webinar discusses aging in the LGBT2SQ communities and how service providers can deliver more inclusive and supportive programming. The impact of minority stress, challenges of growing up in an era when it was criminal to be LGBT2SQ, stigma, discrimination and isolation, as well as strengths such as resilience and identity are explained. Participants are given practical ways to provide sensitive, competent and inclusive community programming and services for LGBT2SQ individuals such as using inclusive language, offering online/virtual Pride celebrations, “rainbow” ribbons and wishing LGBT2SQ seniors "Happy Pride". A Master of Public Health Student also shares updates on their current research exploring long-term care policies and the many aspects of care for LGBT2SQ older adults.
Devan Nambiar, MSc. is the Program Manager at Rainbow Health Ontario, Sherbourne Health. He has been working in the LGBTQ+, ethno-racial communities and MSM/HIV sector for over 20 years. In his professional capacity, Devan has presented widely on LGBT2SQ cultural and clinical competencies to clinicians and allied healthcare practitioners.
Devan has been involved in research as co-investigator in trans, gay/MSM and HIV research. He has served on numerous boards and the Ethics Review Board. He is currently serving as Patient and Community Advisory Committee at Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) and on the Community Advisory Committee of CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN).
Kristin Loates, MPH(C) is completing her Master of Public Health at the University of Guelph. She is passionate about health equity and working to improve access to services for the LGBT2SQ communities. Kirstin is completing a practicum with Rainbow Health Ontario. The project she is working on is an Evidence Brief on LGBT2SQ Seniors to be used both in practice and to inform policy decisions.