With all the recent strides in marriage equality, it is easy to forget those that came before us. Those who had to struggle to just be Out in the community. It is in their footsteps that we are able to make such great progress. In the short video below, they talk about today’s world and give advice to the younger generation. A great video if you have 3 minutes to spare.

Seniors Give Advice

And while the world is getting better for the LGBT community, a new challenge emerges each year as we age. With nearly 11.5 million Americans projected to be thriving past the age of eighty-five, double that of today’s population, the LGBT community will be part of the growing crisis. While many are fearful of how we will tackle this mounting issue, some see it as an opportunity to create a supportive culture and millions of jobs. Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and co-director of the Caring Across the Generations Campaign, outlines her vision in her book The Age of Dignity.

In addition, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging released two new updated guides. One, a Practical Step-by-Step Guide to creating LGBT Programming for Older Adults, and the other a Practical Guide to creating Welcoming LGBT Organizations for Age-Friendly Inclusive Services. Both can be downloaded for free from the NRC’s main site.