The issue of loneliness is particularly acute among older gays, lesbians and bisexuals. This is because they, more so than heterosexuals and immigrants, for example, are left to their own devices, since they are seldom able to rely on the care provided by children and traditional family ties. If they have furthermore lost their partner or are single, the risk of isolation within this particular target group is real. This general social issue made me think and gave rise to the idea to start up a project in Brussels whereby both younger and older gays, lesbians and bisexuals live together in a co-housing project.The existing initiative L.A. Rieshuis in Amsterdam served partially as an example for our concept. Whilst in Amsterdam the focus is on older people, I also concentrate on this target group but in order to remove the divide between young and old. The aim is to create a community that is a more faithful reflection of the regular world in which young and old can live together. In this way, I want to contribute my mite to promote the integration of aging gays, lesbians and bisexuals.Via the monthly “Drinks at Seven”, among others, HolebiHome becomes known as an idea and a subject of discussion. These meetings, an initiative supported by the English-speaking Gay Group and Egalité, take place every last wednesday of the month, between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., in the charming hotel Le Dixseptième in the heart of Brussels (25 rue de la Madeleine, 1000 Brussels, nearby the Brussels Central Station). For further information call +32(0)486640796 or send an e-mail to email@example.com .
The next ‘Drinks at Seven’ will be held on Wednesday, 29 May, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. as usual at Hotel Le Dixseptième.
I have news to report on the LGBT home project. A non-profit is being set up and a concrete alternative for the joint purchase of a new build is being closely examined.
In this regard I appeal to volunteers who are willing to donate their time for the completion of this project.
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