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LGBTI seniors in Finland

Equal Aging II  is a two-year project (2015-2016), coordinated by NGO Seta – LGBTI Rights in Finland. The project is financed by Finland´s Slot Machine Association (RAY). We are part of RAY’s Active Ageing – Never mind the Years -program.

Equal Aging project – making diversity visible!

Finnish elderly care professionals and students need information and competence to create an inclusive environment and to face LGBTI seniors’ needs. LGBTI elders are almost nonexistent in mainstream elderly care settings. International studies indicate that LGBTI seniors face health vulnerabilities and have potential social isolation, depression etc. Social and health care professionals in Finland need more information and training about issues that may affect the lives of LGBTI seniors to be able to foster their well being and prevent social exclusion.


I Wish I Could Tell video tells the story of nine Finnish LGBTI seniors who ponder upon their lives and aging. Bengt, Sinikka, Umma, Jaana and Leena, Eveliina, Risto, Thea and Gitta share also their thoughts and expectations concerning elderly care. The video is meant for educational use, especially for social and health care professionals and elderly care service providers.

The video, as well as shorter clips with the individual stories, is available in Youtube for non-commercial use. Please share!

I Wish I Could Tell, LGBT people’s views on aging and elderly care

Format: dvd and Youtube:
Publication date: January 24th, 2014
Duration: 20 minutes
Subtitles: English, Swedish, Finnish, German
Producer: Martu Väisänen
Camera work and editing: Ville Pohjonen

Information leaflet in English

Back into the closet in old age? No thank you!


Seta – LGBTI Rights in Finland

Seta is a national non-governmental advocacy organization for LGBTI rights. Seta – LGBTI Rights in Finland aims for a society of equality and individual welfare that includes everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Main target groups:
• LGBTI seniors (and next of kins)
• Social and health care professionals and service providers in elderly care sector
• Social and health care students
• Aging population in Finland

Our goals are:

• To build a network of volunteers who give training about gender identity and sexual orientation among the elderly.
• To create a network between different elderly care organizations, associations and service providers.
• To raise LGBTI seniors into the mainstreamin elderly care.
• To offer peer support group for LGBTI seniors (at Helsinki).

For more information please contact

Outi Tjurin
Project Manager, Equal Aging project project of the NGOs Seta
p.+358 50 462 4212

Pasilanraitio 5
00240 Helsinki


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