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WorkPride - Aging with Grace and Dignity - a closer look at the older LGBTQ+ Population and their needs

With a globalaverage life expectancyaround 73 years old,we can expect to live much more than twice as long as our ancestors, but what does this mean for the LGBTQ+ population?

This discussion panel will explore a range of issues relating to care and support needed for the older LGBTQ+ population

Author Jane Traies will share her research on older lesbian and bi women, and is joined by a range of community organizations from around the world looking at needs and support for the older LGBTQ+ population around the world

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    Chloë Davies
    Chloë Davies
    Founder & CEO
    It Takes A Village Collective
    Chloe Davies is an award winning founder, creative, a passionate social impact consultant, chef, and entrepreneur who has dedicated much of her 20+ year career campaigning for inclusion and equality in all spaces, whether in-house at agency level, corporate organisations or through wider community engagement. With over 15 years of experience in retail, artist management, and PR, Chloe has honed her expertise in leadership, social impact and inclusive representation. Her work centres around authentic storytelling, creating spaces of belonging, mental health & well-being, self-empowerment, culture change and workplace advocacy. Simply put, she is trying to change the world for the better. In April 2023 she founded ‘It Takes A Village’ - a global collective for Black women in advertising, media, marketing and comms who's mission is to celebrate & champion them, for their talents to be seen, heard & amplified and together shape the collective industries into a space where Black women can have agency and succeed.
  • Lisa Krinsky
    Lisa Krinsky
    Director, LGBTQIA+ Aging Project
    Fenway Health
    Lisa Krinsky, MSW, LICSW, is the Director of the LGBTQIA+ Aging Project, a program of The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health in Boston, MA.  For nearly two decades she has specialized in LGBTQIA+ aging and presents nationally on LGBTQIA+ cultural competency for mainstream aging service providers as well as policy and practice issues facing LGBTQIA+ older adults and caregivers. Lisa is a subject expert in the LGBTQ aging documentary Gen Silent, a founding member of the Massachusetts Special Legislative Commission on LGBT Aging and a board member of LGBTQ Senior Housing Inc., developing New England’s first LGBTQ friendly senior housing in Boston. She earned her AB at Vassar College, her MSW from Simmons School of Social Work and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from Boston University School of Management. She received the Beverly Ross Fliegel Social Policy Award from the Massachusetts Chapter of NASW and the Simmons School of Social Work Alumnae Association's Distinguished Career Award.
  • Jane Traies
    Jane Traies
    Writer, researcher
    no one's beck and call
    Jane Traies is a retired educator, now a researcher, writer and story-teller. She is the author of 'The Lives of Older Lesbians' (Palgrave Macmillan 2016) and 'Now You See Me' (Tollington Press, 2018) a collection of older lesbians’ life-stories. Her latest book, 'Free To Be Me' (Tollington Press, 2021), features the experiences of lesbians seeking asylum in the UK.
  • Evelyn Pittman
    Evelyn Pittman
    Opening Doors Ambassador
    Opening Doors London
    I had a long straight start in life. I married, had children and a career in education. Discovering my ‘inner lesbian’ late in life, I became active in the community through volunteering as an ambassador for Opening Doors London. This is a terrific resource to support older LGBTQ+ people through a wide range of activities. This also became a springboard for developing a passion for capturing the stories of older members of our community to record their lives and activism. I believe we can understand our history more fully through the prism of lived experience.
  • Pauline Smith
    Pauline Smith
    Out in The City
    Pauline Smith is a mature Mancunian, who lived and worked for over 30 years in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands until her return Manchester in 2008 and held several European business management positions for US and Indian multinationals and ran her own consulting business. She came out in the Netherlands around 25 years ago, and was active in the trans community there. Since her return to Manchester she has continued her consulting work; and from 2010 became active in social and support groups for older and LGBT people. From 2010 to around 2018 she was the chief moderator for a transgender website She was also active in various programmes at the LGBT Foundation like Trans MCR, Pride in Ageing, Butterflies, Brew Buddies and being a Trustee until the end of 2020. She is also a community reporter for Talking About My Generation who provide a wide range of articles, advice, podcasts, poetry, recipes and nostalgia both on line and in print for older people across Greater Manchester. Additionally she is an active member of the GMOPN (Greater Manchester Older People’s Network) and was a member of the Positive Ageing Imagery committee and the subsequent promotion and launch of the Old Frame New Picture photography competition during 2020. And she has been a lively member for several years of the LGBT social group for older people in Manchester – Out in the City – which is affiliated with Age UK Manchester. She has worked together with various Age UK groups on issues like scamming and wellbeing for older people.
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