Lesbian rest home planned

A rest home exclusively for elderly lesbians is being planned for the Wairarapa.

Aggie Jakubska believes she has the perfect spot for "an old dykes' rest home" and thinks it will be up and running in her lifetime.

Ms Jakubska, 61, lives on a 137ha rural property at a secret location in the Wairarapa, which she shares with six other lesbian women.

She has lived openly as a lesbian for three decades and shifted to New Zealand from Britain to build her own straw bale home at the site, surrounded by native bush and hills.

Ms Jakubska has already organised three lesbian-only summer camps, with another one planned for January.

She believes the camps will pave the way for a lesbian elders village at the same site.

"The summer camp is a small stepping stone towards something much greater - a lesbian elders village complete with on-site nursing staff and support, an on-call doctor and everything that a fully equipped rest care facility offers," she told the Wairarapa Times-Age.

"I envisage something that allows lesbians to remain true to themselves without having to go back into the closet, without being forced to disappear just to get a room in a straight rest home."

- NZPA

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