Toronto releases revitalized 2SLGBTQI+ Tool Kit for seniors

2SLGBTQI+ Tool Kit. Image credit: Twitter handle of John Tory

Toronto/CMEDIA: The City of Toronto has released a revitalized 2SLGBTQI+ Tool Kit as part of its Seniors and Pride Month in honor of the Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and another gender- and sexually-diverse (2SLGBTQI+) seniors who have experienced decades of discrimination and face specific challenges as they age.

In recognition of 2SLGBTQI+ seniors, the City’s Seniors Services and Long-Term Care (SSLTC) division has collaborated with community members, service providers, advocates, and allies to revitalize the training Tool Kit for long-term care staff and service providers throughout the continuum of senior supports.

“In Toronto, we are proud to celebrate the 2SLGBTQI+ community’s contributions to the cultural fabric of our city…developed a Tool Kit that will support our efforts in creating more respectful, inclusive, and affirming services that address homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia affecting Toronto seniors and LTC residents…Seniors Services and Long-Term Care division to better support residents, community seniors, service users, families, and more,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory in a news release.

The City of Toronto became in 2004 one of the first providers in North America to embrace a model of long-term care that affirms seniors who identify as 2SLGBTQI+.

The revitalized Tool Kit, Leading & Learning with Pride builds on earlier versions released in 2008 and 2017 aims to equip staff and organizations with the knowledge and tools necessary to provide respectful, inclusive care to 2SLGBTQI+ seniors.

Co-developed with a close-knit working group of community members, service providers, advocates, and allies who met regularly from September 2021 to March 2022, Leading & Learning with Pride redeveloped the Tool Kit piece by piece to which staff can register to attend a 30-minute webinar or in-person information session to be fully acquainted with the new content to offer programs, services, and events with a 2SLGBTQI+ focus and inclusivity.

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