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Policy Implications of Ageing Sexualities

Heaphy, B; Yip, A.K.T.


B Heaphy

Professor of Sociology


This article aims to open up debate on the policy implications of ageing sexualities. The article begins by discussing the heteronormative perspective that frames current discourse on older people’s needs and citizenship. It then presents data from an empirical study
to highlight the concerns that older lesbians and gay men have about housing, health and social service provision, work and job security, and relationship recognition. The
article illustrates how the heterosexual assumption that informs policy making can limit the development of effective strategies for supporting older lesbians and gay men; and raises broader questions about policy making, social inclusion and citizenship.


Heaphy, B., & Yip, A. (2006). Policy Implications of Ageing Sexualities. Social Policy and Society, 5(4), doi:10.1017/S1474746406003150

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2006
Deposit Date Jan 16, 2008
Publicly Available Date Jan 16, 2008
Journal Social Policy and Society
Print ISSN 1474-7464
Electronic ISSN 1474-7464
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 4
Keywords Policy, Age, Sexualities
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