Friday, 9 July 2010

Older Lesbians - an academic survey

Although lesbians and gay men are now much more visible than they were twenty years ago - in public life, films and TV programmes - you could still be forgiven for thinking that older lesbians simply do not exist.

When did you last see an older lesbian character in a TV soap opera? Or represented anywhere in the media at all?

Jane Traies, a sixty-five-year-old lesbian is running a research project about older lesbians. Her previous research, at the University of Birmingham, was an investigation into why older lesbians are culturally invisible.

Jane is now a doctoral student at the University of Sussex, working under the supervision of Professor Sally Munt. This new piece of research aims to challenge the social attitudes which have made a 'hidden community' invisible, and to make their voices heard.

She needs as many women as possible to take part! If you are a lesbian or bisexual woman aged sixty or more, please help to make this national survey a success by filling in the questionnaire and encouraging your friends to do so too.

The questionnaire asks about your opinions and experiences. It is completely anonymous and confidential - you will not be asked for your name. It takes about 20 to 25 minutes to complete.

ALL contributions are gratefully received! To make sure the survey is comprehensive, women over 75, black and minority ethnic women, and those who define as working-class are particularly encouraged to take part.

You can find out more and complete the survey at

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