Age discrimination, sexual orientation and gender identity: UK/US perspectives

Malcolm Sargeant (Middlesex University, London, UK)

Equal Opportunities International

ISSN: 0261-0159

Publication date: 6 November 2009

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to show that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders suffer from particular discrimination when compared to that suffered by elders in general and heterosexual elders in particular, and to argue for specific consideration for those who suffer from discrimination based upon a combination of their age and sexual orientation or gender identity.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is the result of a desk study of US and UK material plus some interviews in the USA with LGBT organisations.

Findings

It is found that LGBT elders do suffer from particular discrimination when compared to that suffered by elders in general and heterosexual elders in particular.

Research limitations/implications

This research needs to be placed in a wider context of dealing with discrimination on intersectional grounds and is an example of how such an approach is needed.

Practical implications

This paper is a contribution to the debate around the newly published Equality Bill in the UK.

Originality/value

The paper contains no new empirical data, but existing material is brought together and is subject to analysis.

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Citation

Sargeant, M. (2009), "Age discrimination, sexual orientation and gender identity: UK/US perspectives", Equal Opportunities International, Vol. 28 No. 8, pp. 634-645. https://doi.org/10.1108/02610150911001670

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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