A diverse group of 17 older self-identified LGBTI people were recruited to describe their experience of living in self-isolation.
They initially answered a series of general questions via email and were then interviewed by telephone. Interviews were unstructured and participants were encouraged to talk about what was important to them about self-isolation and COVID-19.
Everyone was concerned about whether they would contract COVID-19 and understood that their age made them part of a particularly vulnerable group. People with additional underlying health conditions also recognised that they may not survive if they contracted COVID-19. Mainstream and government health promotion materials were not seen as inclusive, rendering older LGBTI people invisible.
All participants have been de-identified in the text of this report.