One in ten LGBT people face discrimination when arranging funerals and almost HALF fear that they will experience bigotry when saying goodbye to a loved one, statistics reveal.
The damning statistics put the blame often on religious leaders or even family members, according to the recent study by Stonewall and The Cooperative Funeralcare.
It found that 48% of lesbian, gay and bisexual people fear discrimination when dealing with bereavement and that more than half (55%) of those over the age of 45 have no financial provision for their funeral.
George Tinning, Managing Director of The Co-operative Funeralcare, said: “Despite changes to the law to provide equal rights for people regardless of their sexual orientation and a perceived greater acceptance in society, it is clear from our research that barriers remain even in death.
“The death of a loved one can be deeply distressing but at a time when people should expect sympathy and understanding, many gay people have faced poor treatment as a result of discrimination and this is simply unacceptable.”
One in four LGBT people believe they would face barriers when planning a funeral, with almost a quarter (23%) worried about being treated poorly by a funeral director when arranging a funeral.
In response to these fears, a guide for lesbian, gay and bisexual people on planning for later life has been developed by Stonewall and The Co-operative Funeralcare.
Ruth Hunt, Acting Chief Executive of Stonewall, said: “Many older lesbian, gay and bisexual people grew up in a time when they were discriminated against and persecuted simply because of who they are.
“It’s therefore hardly surprising that so many feel reluctant to access services to help them plan for later life.
“At Stonewall we know that we stand on the shoulders of a generation whose tireless work helped to change Britain and the world for the better. We now have a responsibility to make sure that they receive the help and support they deserve for themselves and their families. That is why we’re working with community groups and faith organisations to help make this a reality.”
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