Victoria’s older LGBTI community now has resources to help with end-of-life planning following the recent launch of Safeguarding the End of the Rainbow: A guide to help LGBTI people in Victoria plan an end-of-life of their choice.
The Minister for Housing, Disability & Ageing, Mental Health Equality and Creative Industries, the Honourable Martin Foley launched the resource at Allens lawyers in Melbourne, who kindly donated their city office venue and catering for the occasion.
The event was also attended by Commissioner for Seniors Victorians Gerard Mansour.
Attendees were encouraged by the passion of the speakers at the event, with their words ranging from policy positions to personal accounts.
Minister Foley spoke powerfully about the need for older LGBTI Victorians being supported in their end of life choices. Ian Gould, of the Gay and Lesbian Foundation Australia, reminded attendees of the important role played by philanthropic giving. Justice Connects’ Faith Hawthorne described the legal and personal challenge for clients when they don’t plan ahead. Transgender Victoria’s Brenda Appleton spoke movingly of her personal experience of a friend who upon her death was dressed, spoken about and memorialised as a man because her family didn’t accept that she was transgender. Martin Anthony, of Allens, described the work done by the firm in taking a leadership role to be LGBTI inclusive.
Funding for this publication came from two philanthropic organisations, the Sidney Myer Fund and the Gay & Lesbian Foundation of Australia.
COTA Victoria aims for the Safeguarding the end of the rainbow resource to 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 advisers (such as lawyers and financial advisers)
- Prepare for discussions with a partner, family and friends