In the past few years, and especially this year having organised the inaugural PinkNews Ageing Summit, I've learned about the struggles that older LGBT+ people face, from housing to healthcare. The oldest old, who grew up when gay sex was still criminalised, face growing old surrounded by the exact people they sought to avoid for so long. The generation entering retirement are also those who fought for our rights in the 70s and 80s when it was most difficult to do so.

I'm running with Opening Doors London to give back to those generations, and hopefully to spark a dialogue with my own peers about intergenerational bonding and acceptance within the LGBT+ community.

Cai Wilshaw