The Roze Loper, the first Dutch certificate for (home) care institutions to deal with sexual diversity with regard to residents and employees, has expanded internationally. The German Frankfurter Verband was the first foreign care facility that received a Roze Loper certificate.
Der Rosa Schlüssel, The Pink Passkey, La Clé Rose of Chave-de-rosa. Going international is what the group Roze 50+ has in mind. The initiator of the tolerance scan for LGBT friendly elderly care wants more attention to be paid to this group. In The Netherlands, there are 92 (home) care facilities with a Pink Passkey. Besides going international, the Pink Passkey will also become available for welfare and social work and the care of people with an intellectual disability.
Often, professionals and the management of care facilities think that there are no pink elderly in their institution. And that is hardly surprising, as LGBT elderly are not very visible. Some of them have learned to keep their true nature hidden. And if they do show their true nature, they are often excluded or bullied.
Carlien Scheele, Emancipation Affairs director at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science presented the first International Pink Passkey on the 24th of March at Stichting Elizabeth in Breda. Eight European delegations that stick up for pink elderly in care attended the presentation. Roze 50+ is a cooperation of ANBO, COC, Movisie and Vilans.
Why a Pink Passkey?
In elderly care and the social sector, little attention is paid to homosexuals over 50. The target group is not visible. Professional in and management of care facilities are under the impression that the elderly are not gay, lesbian or transgender. They are still apprehensive of a negative attitude towards homosexuality. Homosexual residents that are open about their sexual orientation often face discrimination. Residential care organisations that are participating in the Tolerance Scan want to prevent prejudice to become a facility where everyone wants to stay or work.
The development of the Pink Passkey
In 2008, COC Nijmegen presented a Pink Passkey to six residential care centres as an award for paying attention to the theme homosexuality. Clem Bongers and the project group Seniors are the driving force behind the award, and function as an incentive for the Consortium partners (ANBO, COC Netherlands, Movisie and Vilans) to try their best to make the Pink Passkey international. Since then, the Pink Passkey Tolerance Scan has been developed in cooperation with Kiwa, a certification body in care, and a high-quality instrument was developed to measure Tolerance in care objectively. This was made possible by the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport.
To promote gay-friendliness in care, the Consortium Roze 50+ (ANBO, COC, Movisie, Vilans) developed the Pink Passkey Tolerance Scan in cooperation with Kiwa. The Tolerance Scan aims to increase the social acceptance of lesbian women, gay men and bisexuals (Social Acceptance Sexual Diversity). The Tolerance Scan gives organisations insight into the extent their service is in keeping with the target group.
The instrument stimulates the awareness of management and staff of care organisations. The criteria for gay-friendliness, as originally developed by COC Nijmegen, become objectively measurable. Key elements are: respect and openness, ensuring privacy, attention to and training in dealing with sexual diversity, equal treatment of partners and carefulness in dealing with sexual diversity.