Survey furthers Dignity House initiative

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“Nobody who has spent part or much of their life living in the closet, who has later shed those heavy closet doors should have to return to the closet during their senior years,” Alex Sangha of the Dignity House Advisory Committee.

In 2012 as part of his Master of Social Work, Vancouver activist Alex Sangha prepared a draft discussion paper that expressed a vision for an affordable housing complex for LGBTQ seniors in Vancouver called Dignity House.

Since then, the idea has grown into the Dignity House Advisory Committee, a group united in determining the feasibility of building such a facility for LGBT seniors and their allies in the city.

As part of their investigation the committee is looking for input in their confidential online survey, inviting LGBT friends and allies to complete it before the end of March.

“Nobody who has spent part or much of their life living in the closet, who has later shed those heavy closet doors should have to return to the closet during their senior years,” Alex Sangha of the Dignity House Advisory Committee.

“Nobody who has spent part or much of their life living in the closet, who has later shed those heavy closet doors should have to return to the closet during their senior years,” Alex Sangha of the Dignity House Advisory Committee.

“How do we create space for LGBT seniors to improve their quality of life and reduce their sense of isolation in their later years?” asks Sangha.  “Would we need to create a multi-tier system of living or one of those choices and or other possibilities?  We need to figure this out and we cannot do it without your help.”

While the committee says it is important to reach as many LGBT community members, they say it is vital that they also reach the seniors population and encourage respondents to share the survey.

The online survey is designed to take only a few minutes to complete and anyone who completes the survey by the end of March 2014 will have a chance at winning one of twenty $20 Starbucks gift cards.

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