As the generation that fought hardest for gay rights approaches retirement, questions arise over how best to fight for them again.
The 2012 Older Adult Summit brought together dozens of aging LGBT individuals and a collaboration of the areas most recognized agencies to educate and mobilize those who want to see elders finish out their lives with respect and proper care. They discussed issues like “Know your Legal Rights,” “Employment and Volunteer Opportunities,” “Protecting your Finances,” and “Managing your Healthcare.” A representative from the ACLU updated attendees about broad legal challenges. Aaron Tax of the national SAGE organization shared lobbying news at the federal level. And young people from Ruth Ellis Center, Affirmations and Ford Globe shared opportunities for older adult/youth networking. Plus there was news of the Older Adult Coalition’s continued growth in membership, and progress towards becoming a SAGE chapter which should happen within the year. Read more