Transnational Discursive Flows on Sexual and Gender Diversity in Old Age

By: Henning Carlos Eduardo  

This research is part of the field of Anthropology of Life Course and analyzes in particular the discourses, public policies, and social and institutional initiatives related to the aging and old age of people who identify themselves or are identified as LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer). In recent years, the theme and problem of old age and the “LGBTIQ elders” have spread significantly beyond North America (its formative context) to several contexts, like European, and South American countries. In a first stage this research develops a multi-situated ethnography with field research, participant observation, semi-structured interviews, bibliographical review, and documentary research in some institutions and non-governmental organizations focused on the old age management of LGBTIQ individuals in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, as well as in New York City. The overall objective of this paper is to present a preliminary analysis of how public discourses, practices, and public policies about the "problem" of LGBTIQ elders have "traveled" beyond North America and have been incorporated, modified, or transformed into other contexts, as in the Brazilian case.

LGBT Old Age, LGBT Gerontology, Anthropology of Life Course, Discursive
Social and Cultural Perspectives on Aging
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Henning Carlos Eduardo

Adjunct Professor , Department of Anthropology, Federal University of Goias, Brazil

Carlos Eduardo Henning is an adjunct professor of Anthropology in the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology (PPGAS) and the Faculty of Social Sciences (FCS) of the Federal University of Goias (UFG). He currently is a visiting scholar at ILAS - Institute for Latin American Studies at Columbia University. ORCID: