Sil­ver rain­bow kit

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The first gen­er­a­tion of openly out and proud gay and les­bian people are reach­ing re­tire­ment age and a new ‘‘sil­ver rain­bow kit’’ has been put to­gether to pre­pare car­ers. The kit de­tails best prac­tice for aged res­i­den­tial care in New Zealand and the wider com­mu­nity. Re­searchers were ap­proached by The Rule Foun­da­tion which fo­cuses on the gay and les­bian com­mu­ni­ties’ well­be­ing. By con­duct­ing in­ter­views, re­searchers found many staff did not re­alise their clients may have been part of the LGBT com­mu­nity. Older gay and les­bian people are ‘‘very much in the closet’’ due to ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity be­ing il­le­gal when they were grow­ing up. The Sil­ver Rain­bow Kit was cre­ated by the re­searchers with videos and tools to help staff bet­ter un­der­stand LGBT cul­ture. Go to face­book.com/ Sil­verRain­bowNewZealand.

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