Who's who

Lindsay River

Lindsay RiverLindsay River is the founder of Age of Diversity. She has been a campaigner and activist for lesbian and gay equality since the 1970s. From 1993 to 2009 she was director of Polari, which did ground-breaking research into the needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people, and campaigned for more inclusive services. Polari came to an end when, as with so many other voluntary organisations, it was no longer sustainable because of funding difficulties.

Part of Polari's work was to stimulate the creation of social and support networks for older LGBT people. Much of this work has since been taken on by Age UK. through local and regional Age UK organisations, and LGBT forums and other organisations locally. Age of Diversity will work closely with such bodies, but has a different focus: acting as a voice for older LGBT people at national and regional levels.

Lindsay River has spoken at many conferences and events around the country, and has written various reports and articles about older LGBT people.

Ross Burgess

Ross BurgessRoss Burgess worked as an IT consultant until retirement, and wrote or co-wrote books and articles on IT matters. He's now a volunteer webmaster and IT tutor for Age UK Croydon. He's been involved on and off in gay and LGBT activism since 1972.

He's currently very much involved in groups in Croydon, including Silver Rainbow for older gay and lesbian people, as well as being an Executive Committee Member of CHE, and a Board Trustee of the LGBT Consortium. He contributed a chapter to Out of the Shadows, a history of the pioneering London gay groups, and maintains the website for Age of Diversity and for a number of other organisations.