The landmark event included panel discussions by leading professionals who are working to improve the lives of LGBT elders by addressing the disproportionate challenges facing the population. For the LGBT population, aging presents challenges not widely experienced by heterosexual elders. The LGBT elder population: May face discrimination and prejudice in accessing housing, health care, and other supportive services; May have caregivers who do not have the same legal rights and protections as those in other familial relationships; and Is subject to unequal treatment under state and federal laws. Social service providers and other nonprofit organizations have taken the lead in addressing many of the challenges facing the LGBT population. The panel discussions at the housing summit highlighted program models designed to expand and improve LGBT elder housing and long-term care in both institutional and noninstitutional settings. Gay and Grey provides a safe place for LGBT elders to socialize through organized activities and educational programs that keep participants informed on key issues. The program also provides diversity training to healthcare professionals and providers of eldercare, as well as social services to increase awareness of — and sensitivity to — the specific needs of LGBT elders.
An 'LGBT-Welcoming' Place to Call Home
SAGE NYC - LGBT-Welcoming Elder Housing in NYC
When an "LGBT-welcoming" apartment building opened in Philadelphia, a giant gift tag decorated the facade. As the first generation to be open about their sexuality and united around the gay rights movement, many are estranged from family and never had or have lost a partner. Prejudice may have meant fewer work opportunities over their lifetime, resulting in meager, if any, savings. Finding affordable and welcoming senior housing is a challenge. With the aging boomer population — and more than 2. Recognizing this need, one way that LGBT advocates, municipalities, the federal government, nonprofits, developers and others are responding is to create affordable LGBT-supportive housing. A handful of affordable, LGBT-welcoming senior housing projects have been developed.
Affordable LGBT-Friendly Elder Housing Answers Growing Need
Herman and Sylvia Purdue, her partner of 45 years, smile in scenes from birthdays and hospital rooms. In black-and-white photos from their younger days, their hair is teased, their makeup flawless. Herman prepared to live in her car with the cats.
In , Lamar Jackson, who is gay, was living in a senior apartment building in Chicago when he began hearing hostile remarks from other tenants about gay marriage. Despite being part of the generation who launched the gay liberation movement, Jackson is one of thousands who face renewed hostility and discrimination in housing as they grow older. Nationally, an estimated 1.