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More than half of LGBT Italian people fear getting older

More than half of LGBT Italian people fear getting older

More than half of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Italian people think that their future will be worse than their present and fear getting older.

That is the result of a survey conducted in Italy by the sociologist Raffaele Lelleri and sponsored by a union, Spi-Cgil, and by LGBT association Equality Italia.

More than 55% of the interviewees expressed a ‘strong’ fear of getting old, while the same amount of people said that their future will be a troubled one.

The survey ‘Omosessualità e anzianità in Italia’ (Homosexuality and old age in Italy) also found that 52% of the interviewees think that, for the elderly, being straight is better than being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Carla Cantoni, leader of the Spi-Cgil union, said: ‘Old LGBT people must have a place in this society and they deserve respect.

‘They have to come out and not to fear the burden of the future. This society must help them in the coming out process.’

But the survey also found that, according to the 40% of the interviewees, in 2012 the situation for LGBT people is better than 10 years ago.