The one of people before my generation, who hid away until it was safe to come out, and now they are old they are retreating back into the closet. Something many aged do, is to retreat, to a past time.
I don't feel the trials and tribulations of old people who spent most of their lives in the closet, before coming out, who are facing aged care, are much different to heterosexuals in aged care. There will still be trials and tribulations. People may not like them because they are strong willed, or speak out, or don't like some wiper snapper telling them to go to bed at 8:00 PM. Or telling them to get out of bed at 7:30 Am for a shower. They to can be disliked, or resented, and receive attatude too; I see it all the time, and there are laws in place to prevent this.
But once again, being a homosexual in the States is diffrent to being one down in Oz. I have no fear what so ever, of going into aged care as an "out" homosexual. I fear going into aged care; it just won't happen.
I had one old gay guy hiss, telling me I was ignorant; I had already worked out he was homosexual, yet never said anything about it! My sexuality is not relevant in my job, so I'm just me,; my sexuality and political stand is of no issue.
This guy assumed I was straight and because of that abused me and called me "ignorant." SO I informed him of experiences I had in my 20s. I was not hiding away until it was safe to come out and play. So just because one did not wave the rainbow flag everywhere, did not make one ignorant, or even self loathing.
Asked if there was anything I could help him with? gave him a "good day sir"; and left. He got the same care as I give everone else. No I don't think being an out homosexual in Australia, would be an issue for most. But I have talked about opening an Aged care facility; just for homosexuals.