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As Vancouver Pride enters fifth decade, it’s time to think about our elders (SPH)

Jamie Lee Hamilton, a well-known member of Vancouver’s transgender community, described some of her recent health challenges on Facebook after suffering a stroke. File photo Dan Toulgoet
Jamie Lee Hamilton, a well-known member of Vancouver’s transgender community, described some of her recent health challenges on Facebook after suffering a stroke. File photo Dan Toulgoet

As Pride in Vancouver enters its fifth decade with a week-long celebration culminating with the spectacular downtown parade on the August long weekend, let’s turn our minds to a part of the LGBTQ2+ community that does not attract the attention a bedazzling, costumed parade participant might.

I’m referring to LGBTQ2+ elders, who face a disproportionately high likelihood of health challenges arising out of social isolation and an inability to access appropriate care as older adults. As I have written in the past, social isolation for seniors is something all levels of government must address.

She described to me the anxiety she feels in being mis-gendered by frontline health workers, as was the case in her hospital stay at Vancouver General. She had hoped to be admitted to St. Paul’s hospital, who she says is much more acquainted with LGBTQ2+ clients.

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