Margaret Curnow, 71, and her partner Lou Brandon plan to stay in their own Wellington homes for as long as they are able.

There are lots of reasons: Brandon’s home is filled with her art collection, and a fabulous kitchen. Curnow’s biggest motivator is connection to community.

But mostly, the lesbian couple say they don’t want to be forced back into the closet in the last years of their lives.

Curnow has friends who have moved into retirement facilities and remain out, especially in Auckland. But she also has friends who hide their sexuality, and that’s something she fears.

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