The BEING ME toolkit provides educators in care and wellbeing with a set of learning resources on sexual and gender diversity to promote more inclusive care for LGBT older people. The toolkit consists of practical ready-made materials across a variety of themes that can be included throughout the curriculum in care and wellbeing.
Many LGBT older people experience negative reactions (rejection, hostility, suspicion, pity, condescension, ostracism, or even refusal of treatment) in care organizations and are sometimes forced to hide their sexual identity, being pushed back into the closet. To raise awareness and acceptation of LGBT seniors in care it is important that our future health and social care staff recognizes the importance of sexual identity and sexual orientation in their assessment and care practices.
This toolkit is not meant to be used as an entire module on LGBT+ inclusive care. Each block could be used as part of your existing curriculum. The aim is to make the needs of LGBT+ older people, mainstream, blending into your ordinary teaching day and curriculum.
The BEING ME toolkit consists of 6 main themes. Each theme has a short introduction into why this theme is considered important for inclusive LGBT+ care. Each theme has a short trigger (video) which you can also use in your class as a learning strategy.
Each theme consists of a variety of blocks on different subjects. Each block provides a short theoretical background with practical tips and tricks on how to set up a specific learning strategy (video's, role plays, games, poetry, case studies). You can use the online grid to pick and choose the subject you are interested in. You can also decide to download an entire theme or the entire toolkit.
The blocks are not meant to be exhaustive in terms of theory or a literature review. They provide some literature, activities and add some practical tips and tricks on how to set up a learning strategy. You are encouraged to review the resources and adapt the materials, taking into account local cultural contexts and the level of your learners.
We recommend you to go through this teacher's manual before you start using the blocks.
This teacher's manual starts with providing you with a set of best practice principles. Based on these best practice principles we provide you with some practical tips and tricks that support you in implementing:
Finally, this manual will help you to assess your own knowledge, skills and values, sign posting you to the specific blocks that will help you further.