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Eldercare covered in rainbows for Pride Month

Residents, staff and volunteers across the organisation are spending June surrounded by rainbows to celebrate Pride Month.

Eldercare Chief Executive Jane Pickering said it was important to continue marking these occasions to reinforce Eldercare’s commitment to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and ensuring that everyone is treated fairly and with equity.

“Celebrating Pride Month is just one of the many things we do to support LGBTI residents, family members, staff and volunteers to ensure they feel safe and welcome,” said Jane.

“As a Rainbow Tick accredited aged care provider, we have a responsibility to promote inclusiveness wherever and whenever we can and Pride Month is a great opportunity to do this.”

Wooden trees have been set up at each of Eldercare’s 11 aged care homes where anyone can sign their initials on a rainbow card and place it on the tree to declare that they welcome, embrace, and respect all cultures, religions and LGBTI people.

“We invite everyone to make their declaration and continue to make Eldercare a welcoming and supportive space for all people, based on warmth and generosity,” said Jane.

Four LGBTI-themed films will be shown at all of Eldercare’s aged care homes in June, including Eldercare’s short film ‘You can ask that’ (link), which was funded by the Office for Ageing Well and works to debunk the myths that are still out there about LGBTI people.

Events including pride parades, luncheons, morning and afternoon teas, quizzes and crafternoons are also being held throughout the month of June.

View the gallery for photos of celebrations across Eldercare and the video for a short excerpt of a performance from the Adelaide Qwire (formerly known as the Adelaide Gay & Lesbian Choir) at Eldercare Trowbridge House.

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