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This important video explores coping with loneliness as an older LGBTI person

This important video explores coping with loneliness as an older LGBTI person

This video could help if you're feeling disconnected | Photo: Pexels

Are you an older LGBTI person struggling with feelings of loneliness – or do you simply fear being lonely when you get older?

If so, this conversation between a younger and older LGBTI person talking together about loneliness could be very revealing.

In a new video produced by Gay Star News in partnership with Age UK, Bradley Birkholz, a YouTuber, and activist Peter Scott-Presland discuss their experiences of family and loneliness.

Digital Pride is the only global Pride and is dedicated to enabling everyone to be part of a Pride, whoever they are and wherever they live in the world. This year, we are focusing on tackling loneliness and isolation. It takes place on Gay Star News from 29 April to 5 May 2019. Find out more.

Should I fear being lonely when I get older?

Aging is something many people fear, because misconceptions, myths, and misunderstanding about it are rife.

In the video, the longtime activist Peter helps younger LGBTI YouTuber Bradley unpack fears of getting older, including being lonely.

They discuss the value and importance of the chosen family, sometimes known as the urban family or family of choice. It’s something many LGBTI people do when traditional or biological family relationships break down.

Essentially, the chosen family is a family of friends you chose to create the same sense of security people lean on their families for. It’s not something unique to the LGBTI community, but one we have embraced more than many others.

Peter gives Bradley advice on finding a chosen family, asking for help for things you used to be able to do on your own and feeling lonely.

In the video, Peter explains: ‘You rely on your friends, your partner if you’re lucky to have one, it’s a whole support network that you develop through your life.’

What is Digital Pride?

Digital Pride is the online movement, created by Gay Star News, so you can take part in Pride whoever and wherever you are. Even if you are from a country where being LGBTI is criminalized or leaves you in danger – it’s a Pride festival you can be a part of.

In 2019, Digital Pride is tackling loneliness and isolation with articles and videos connecting LGBTI people. Join us by reaching out to someone who needs it. The festival takes place on Gay Star News from 29 April to 5 May 2019. Find out more.

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