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
When Danyal Lawson’s husband, gay activist Lou Rispoli, was brutally beaten and lay dying in a New York Hospital last year, there was one thing for which Lawson was profoundly grateful: his husband did not die alone. As he took his last breath, Lawson was by his partner of 32 years' side, as were 30 beloved friends. … Continue reading End-of-Life Care for an Aging LGBT Population
Senior citizens often face isolation, especially over the holidays. It’s worse for LGBT seniors. But the solution can be as simple as talking. Since 2009, the Gay and Gray Discussion Group has been hosted every other Thursday by the Madison Senior Center, a city agency. It’s one of many collaborations between the facility and Madison’s … Continue reading Gay and Grey: LGBT Seniors Fight Isolation with Dialogue
One of the highlights of my days working at Wayne State University where I work securing grant funding and go to on-campus classes in Midtown, Detroit has been the gradual process of befriending Charles Alexander, longtime BTL columnist. (We actually first met when I worked seven years ago for the Affirmations LGBT Center.) They've certainly … Continue reading Age Has Its Advice (And Advantages)
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.