Sharing, laughing together, making a fuss of her.

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Portrait of Maggie and Sylvia, an older lesbian couple

Maggie's background

Sylvia, 69, and Maggie, 72, both came from Catholic families and both have been married and had children. They discovered their lesbianism in the late 1970s and have been together for over 30 years. Sylvia is very musical and Maggie writes and paints. They attend various creative groups and remain active in their local community.

They had a difficult experience of trying to live in sheltered housing where they were badly bullied. Maggie says: “I think one of the big issues is to encourage and enable people who have anxieties and fears to come out with it and say what it is. What it is you are so afraid of, what terrifies you so much?”

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