Mental Health Issues and Discrimination Among Older LGBTI People

Int Psychogeriatr. 2015 Sep;27(9):1411-6. doi: 10.1017/S1041610214002671.


LGBT is an acronym used to describe people from diverse sexual orientation or gender identity, people that are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. LGBT people do not constitute a single group nor does each individual "group" constitute a homogeneous unity. However, as higher rates of depression and/or anxiety have been observed in older LGBT people, compared to their heterosexual counterparts (Guasp, 2011) there is a need to raise the profile of mental health issues amongst these groups. The additional letter I is also often included in the acronym LGBTI as intersex people are often included as another gender diverse group. However, there is very little research that includes intersex people and none on older intersex people's mental health so this editorial is restricted to consideration of older LGBT people.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Disorders of Sex Development / psychology*
  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • Homosexuality / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Health*
  • Social Discrimination*
  • Transgender Persons / psychology*