Fitzroy Room

Sessions taking place in the Fitzroy Room. Venue location and floorplan details.

LGBQ adults in Australia caring for older parents

Most older Australians turn to their families of origin for support in their old age. The ‘families of choice’ thesis raises the prospect that lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer adults are less involved with ageing parents than their heterosexual siblings or peers…

Thirty Years On: HIV, Gay Men & MSM and Ageing

The Positive Living Centre is part of the Victorian AIDS Council and is a vibrant and safe environment for all people living with HIV. The majority of those who use the service would identify as LGBTI. The PLC’s main aim is to enhance the health and well-being of HIV positive people, through the provision of social, emotional, recreational, and skills-based services and activities…

19 years after the iceberg: re-imagining safety, stigma and loss in a new century

Stephen Swartzberg’s (1996) A Crisis of Meaning: How Gay Men Are Making Sense of AIDS suggests that the AIDS epidemic of the 1990s re-characterised the obstacles faced by gay men and other queer communities. New definitions of safety, stigma and loss were imagined, progressive politics and practices were curtailed; we became conservative, compliant, heteronormative and scared…

What’s history got to do with it? Rethinking the provision of LGBTI- inclusive aged care services

Much of the literature on LGBTI aging has looked at the interactions between two forms of discrimination: heterosexism from the mainstream and ageism from a youth-obsessed LGBTI culture. According to this account, successful ageing involves older LGBTI people turning their dual experiences of discrimination into sources of personal resilience and strength…