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Many of the following documents were produced or commissioned by Polari. They are all downloadable as PDF files.

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Appropriate Treatment

Appropriate Treatment, published by Age of Diversity on the 9th of November 2011, is a report by Lindsay River on a survey of older LGB people about their experiences of general practice, illustrated with drawings and charts.

The "Download" link below will take you to the full 91-page report, but you can also download the 8-page Executive Summary or view some comments by older LGB people, selected from the report, and there's more about the launch event on our News pages.

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As we grow older

A study of the housing support needs of older lesbians and gay men, by Ruth Hubbard and John Rossington. Commissioned by Polari with research moneys from the Housing Associations Charitable Trust, 2005. 88pp.


Being Taken Seriously

By Peter Davies and Lindsay River, with a Preface by Lucille Thirby. Polari 2006. 81pp

The Polari in Partnership Project worked locally from 2002 to 2005, in Westminster, Kingston and Hackney, with older lesbians, gay men and bisexuals (LGBs), and with providers and policy makers in these boroughs, promoting better inclusion of LGB older people and sensitive, person-centred and appropriate services. Being Taken Seriously contains two separate evaluation reports on this project, one by an external evaluator and one by the project co-ordinator. It also includes a short report on Polari's 2005 Conference 'In the Life' which brought together national and local policy makers and providers to older people with older lesbians and gay men who were active in the project, presented findings of the project and offered workshops from others working in the field.

  • Part 1: The experience of the Polari in Partnership Project, by Lindsay River
  • Part 2: An Independent Evaluation of the Polari in Partnership Project
    By Professor Peter Davis
  • Part 3: In the Life Conference Report
  • Part 4: Appendices

    Equally Different

    Report on the situation of older lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered people in Thanet, Kent. By "Opening Doors in Thanet", 2003. 30pp.


    Not safe for us yet

    The experiences and views of older lesbians, gay men and bisexuals using mental health services in London. A scoping study. By Sam Wintrip. A project funded by the City Bridge Trust, 2009. 178pp.

    This report by Sam Wintrip, Polari's Mental Health Development Worker 2007-8, is based on a survey of 49 older lesbians, gay men and bisexuals (LGBs) who had used mental health services in London (and some who had needed to but had not used them) and interviews with 12 older LGB people with mental health needs or carers/ex-carers.


    Report to Age Concern Camden (on older lesbians)

    A feasibility study of the needs of older lesbians in Camden and surrounding boroughs. By Lindsay River, Polari. August 2006. 133pp.

    This report includes views of older lesbians consulted, recommendations, a literature review, a survey of other projects of interest and models of good practice, and suggestions of organisations in London who may be in touch with older lesbians.