De Roze Loper, the Dutch certificate for residential care and home care institutions that pay attention to sexual diversity among residents and workers, is crossing the border. On Monday 24 March 2014, the German Frankfurter Verband is the first major foreign healthcare institution to receive a Roze Loper certificate.

Tolerance Scan
Der Rosa Schlüssel, The Pink Passkey, La Cle Rose or Chave-de-rosa. An international roll-out, that is what the Pink 50+ partnership has in mind. The initiator of the tolerance scan for LGBT-friendly elderly care wants more attention for this group. There are already 92 residential care and home care institutions in the Netherlands with a Roze Loper. In addition to the international roll-out, the Roze Loper will also be available for welfare work, social work and care for people with intellectual disabilities.

At the moment, professionals and management of care institutions often think that there are no pink elderly living in their institution. Not so surprising, when you consider that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elderly are barely visible. Some of them have learned to hide their true orientation. If they do show their true face, they often have to deal with exclusion or bullying.

The presentation of the first International Pink Carpet will take place on 24 March between 13.00 and 16.30 hrs by Carlien Scheele, director of Emancipation Affairs at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Eight European delegations are present at the handover, which stand up for pink elderly in care in their own country.

Roze 50+ is a partnership of ANBO, COC, Movisie and Vilans.

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