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Retired LGBTI people aren’t afraid of dying, but are worried about their legacy

Retired LGBTI people aren’t afraid of dying, but are worried about their legacy

Older LGBTI people who are already retired are less afraid of dying than their counterparts still in the workforce.

A survey of more than 3,000 people asked them questions about ageing, sex, retirement and even their thoughts on the after life.

Gay Star News conducted the huge survey to coincide with the inaugural, global LGBTI Founders’ Day on 24 September.

It created LGBTI Founders’ Day to tackle ageism.

It promotes the idea that the LGBTI world owes its current freedom to the older generations. Furthermore, Founders’ Day will emphasise that older LGBTIs are very much at the heart of our community today and have wisdom and experience to pass on to younger people.

LGBTI Founders and death

Of the 3,000 survey respondents about 35% were retired, while 65% were not. We will be publishing more results over the course of the week.

The extensive survey covered more conventional topics related to ageing such as living in care homes and feelings about ageing.

But it also explored people’s attitudes to death and preparing for death.

Retirees were least likely to be afraid of death. Only around 8.7% of retirees said they were ‘absolutely’ afraid of death, but about 15.7 of older people who were not retired said they were ‘absolutely afraid of death.

But when it came to being more organized in the event of their death, retired LGBTI people had their ducks more in a row than than working LGBTI people.

More than 67% of retirees had made a will but only 42.5% of non-retired LGBTI people have completed the important legal document.