Title

Older lesbians and work in the Australian health and aged care sector

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Hughes, M & Kentlyn, S 2015, 'Older lesbians and work in the Australian health and aged care sector', Journal of Lesbian Studies, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 62-72.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10894160.2015.959875

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

While research has identified challenges lesbians face in the workplace, there is limited understanding of the particular experiences of older lesbians, especially those working in the health and aged care sector. This article draws on the stories of four women who participated in a narrative research project on lesbian and gay people's experiences of health and aged care. It highlights the need for future research to examine the complexity of identity expression and community affiliation, how people negotiate “coming out” in the workplace, the impact of discrimination, and the resources (such as friends) available to lesbians in the workplace.