Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans ageing in a British context: discussion of state-of-the-art empirical research
In this paper we discuss state-of-the-art empirical research from leading UK researchers relating to the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) older adults. We suggest learning that may be applied in differing global contexts as well as contributing to the development of an international evidence base. We illustrate the importance of paying attention to distinct health and care systems and legislation, which present global differences as well as similarities in terms of LGBT people’s perceptions and access to resources. With this contextual background, we then discuss the cutting-edge UK research in this field from 2010 onwards. We identify key strengths including the contribution our evidence has made to policy and practice and the development of theoretical insights such as the impact of intersectionality. The article concludes with a discussion of future for research in this field which has relevance at national and international levels.