Black-and-white photo of Helen, Jane, Lisa and Liesa at the beach
Lisa and Liesa, in their 50s, taking time out down at the beach for a dip and a picnic. It makes a change from mountain-biking and kite-surfing, when they’re not busy running the Rock Project in Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth. Seen here with their friends and neighbours Helen and Jane (50s and 70s) when it was too hot to be organizing the next Aberration or writing, researching and performing their Queer Tales from Wales.
Sal on her bike, posing on a footbridge over the river Severn
It is nice to be visible, with or without hi-vis! My bike is very important to me, no more so than now as I am struggling to walk. I hope my hip replacement will change this. I am so fortunate to be able to get around still and enjoy our beautiful town.
David in a blue jumper, in front of abstract blue painting on the wall
David is an out gay proud man happy to live in Telford, Shropshire, now retired and active in charity work.
Chris in front of Baptist Church sign
[SAND’s Future Proofing event] was instructive, irrespective of whether or not much of it applied directly to me. […] I live alone – in my case, in rented accommodation in the form of a bungalow. Technically, I’m bisexual, but have not been in a regular relationship for many years. With very limited resources I’m conscious of the need to keep fuel bills to a minimum. As and when finances allow, I like to use the theatre and cinema. As a singer I have joined a good choir in Shrewsbury, which offers both excellent repertoire under a superb musical director, and also companionship. I haven’t driven for years, so rely mainly on public transport. Fortunately, walking from my place into town (Shrewsbury) is perfectly manageable. Neighbours are friendly, some to the point of being extremely helpful – especially to one who is not of a practical bent!
Betty on scooter in front of classic red post box
A few lines…
1) I am Betty. And I am 93, born 1929.
2) I want to be seen to exist as an OLD LGBT person, and not to be rejected for what only a small part of me actually IS, and what I was born with.
I want to share that many old folk, including LGBT want to be acknowledged as still valuable members of their communities.
3) The letter box signifies communication and I strongly believe in the importance of personal communication preferably by handwritten letter.
Peter and Geoff having lunch
Here we are enjoying a restaurant meal after 42 years together and so glad our campaigning for equal rights has been so successful. We never want the clock to go backwards as we head into our eighth decade! That’s why we’re so happy to be involved with the Wave Project; we’re here, we always were and we always will be.
Paul in his cap waving
“One in ten” – that’s why I’ve chosen to take part, ‘one in ten’ or thereabouts, we are here in Shropshire within all age groups.
“We treat everyone equally” – is another reason I’ve chosen to take part, to challenge this rather lazy assumption that there is no need for any special actions / sensitivity for LGBT+ people, or others in need of support.
Man waving with one hand and holding a glass of wine with the other
Enjoying life in my 50s getting better like a good glass wine.
Man waving
Life is still fun and exciting the older one gets.
Man in wheelchair in front of care home
My name is Ray and I wanted to be part of the Wave Project as it’s never too late to say who you really are. I live at Innage Grange and I wanted people to know that it’s OK to live in a care home and be gay. I have people around me who understand and support me.