Black LGBT seniors struggle with bias, housing

In San Francisco African American LGBT seniors often face a double jeopardy in terms of discrimination. Within the black community, they struggle to overcome homophobia. In the LGBT community, they encounter race-based prejudices. "We've gotten burdened at both ends of the candle. By the African American community, which until recently tended to be more conservative … Continue reading Black LGBT seniors struggle with bias, housing

Same-sex couples encounter more barriers when seeking senior housing, study finds

By Tara Bahrampour, Published: February 25 | Updated: Wednesday, February 26, 12:01 AM Gay, lesbian and bisexual couples seeking senior housing receive less favorable quotes on pricing, availability, and amenities than heterosexual couples, according to a report released Wednesday by the Equal Rights Center in Washington. In a model similar to studies involving people of different racial and ethnic origins, testers posing last year … Continue reading Same-sex couples encounter more barriers when seeking senior housing, study finds

‘We Made This Family’: End-of-Life Care in the LGBT Community

Older Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender often came of age facing severe and even legally sanctioned discrimination and hostility, as Earl notes in a recent article in The Advocate. As LGBT individuals age and eventually need end-of-life care, we must make sure a renewed fear of discrimination does not drive them back into … Continue reading ‘We Made This Family’: End-of-Life Care in the LGBT Community

Philadelphia’s 1st gay-friendly senior housing complex opens

PHILADELPHIA - January 2, 2014 (WPVI) -- Today was move-in day for new residents of the John C. Anderson Apartments, Philadelphia's gay-friendly, low income, senior housing complex. It's the first apartment building of its kind in the city, and one of only a few in the nation! Michael Palumbaro is one of the first six tenants … Continue reading Philadelphia’s 1st gay-friendly senior housing complex opens

Help Prevent LGBT Older Adults From Aging Back Into the Closet.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults are pioneers who bravely pushed open the doors to coming out. It is unconscionable that many of these leaders of social justice are forced to retreat into the closet as they age. The troubling reality is that the U.S. lacks a complete understanding of the LGBT senior community … Continue reading Help Prevent LGBT Older Adults From Aging Back Into the Closet.

Gay men, lesbians struggle to find caregivers and old-age facilities that don’t discriminate

Older LGBT people are four times less likely to have children and grandchildren and twice as likely to live alone as their straight counterparts, according to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute. Many became estranged from their families when they came out, and many also saw their social support systems decimated by … Continue reading Gay men, lesbians struggle to find caregivers and old-age facilities that don’t discriminate