COTA Victoria and Transgender Victoria (TGV) have produced a resource tailored to the needs and concerns of LGBTI community members in relation to planning for future care and medical needs, financial and estate planning, and funeral and burial wishes.
The resource, Safeguarding the end of the Rainbow: A guide to help LGBTI people in Victoria plan an end-of-life of their choice, will be launched on 21 March by the Minister for Housing, Disability & Ageing, Mental Health, Equality and Creative Industries, the Hon Martin Foley MP.
As they age, LGBTI Victorians’ greatest concerns are protecting their assets and making sure that their partner or family of choice have the right to be informed and involved in making important decisions about the care and treatment of their loved one (when they are no longer able to make these decisions themselves).
If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse or intersex, the law may provide some automatic protections for your partner if they survive you or if you become unable to make decisions for yourself. However, many LGBTI people need to ensure their partner or family of choice is not sidelined.
TGV Executive Director Sally Goldner said despite this, many older LGBTI people do not have any safeguards in place. This is a critical gap in planning and is likely compounded by barriers to information and services.
COTA Victoria received funding from two philanthropic organisations to develop information resources tailored for the circumstances of older LGBTI Victorians. We hope that the Safeguarding the end of the rainbow resource will support LGBTI people to:
- ensure an end-of-life of their choice
- protect family, friends and assets
- prevent disputes between family and friends
- find supportive and safe professionals
- prepare for an appointment with professional advisors (lawyers, financial advisors etc)
- prepare for discussions with a partner, family and friends
For more information or to order a copy of the booklet contact:
- Arati Vidyasagar of COTA Victoria firstname.lastname@example.org or 9655 2154
- Brenda Appleton of Transgender Victoria email@example.com
- Sally Goldner of Transgender Victoria firstname.lastname@example.org or 0407 946 242.