LGBT ELDER RESOURCES
AARP Pride http://www.aarp.org/relationships/friends-family/aarp-pride/ Find resources, news, and other topics of interest to older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their family and friends. Includes the following categories; LGBT News, Work & Money, Home & Family, History & Community, Health & Well-being, Arts & Leisure.
The AIDS Institute: HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness http://www.theaidsinstitute.org/ The AIDS Institute is a national non-profit organization that promotes action for social change through research, public policy, advocacy, and education.
American Society on Aging: LGBT Aging Issues Network http://www.asaging.org/education/5 The LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN) works to raise awareness about the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders and about the unique barriers they encounter in gaining access to housing, healthcare, long-term care and other needed services.
American Society on Aging: LGBT Aging Resources Clearinghouse http://asaging.org/lgbt_aging_resources_clearinghouse The LGBT Aging Resources Clearinghouse of the American Society on Aging opens the door to knowledge about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people ages 50-plus. Whether you’re an elder, a young person, a caregiver, a student, a researcher, a policymaker, a journalist, or a helping professional, the clearinghouse offers you the keys to understanding and respect for LGBT elders. The searchable resources on this site put a wealth of vital materials on LGBT aging at your fingertips. You’ll find annotated listings for service providers, community and professional organizations, information sites, reports and articles, as well as links for ordering DVDs, books and other useful products.
FORGE http://forge-forward.org/ FORGE was founded in 1994 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to provide peer support primarily to those on the female-to-male (FTM) gender spectrum and local Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies (SOFFAs). Over the years, our scope has grown to include everyone in the transgender community (which we define as including SOFFAs), and many of our programs have become national. You’ll find information about the training and technical assistance we provide, plus descriptions of our major current projects.
GRIOT Circle http://griotcircle.org GRIOT Circle is an inter-generational, culturally diverse community-based organization serving the needs of lesbians, gay men, and bisexual and transgender elders of color over the age of fifty.
Lambda Legal: Seniors http://www.lambdalegal.org/issues/seniors Lambda Legal defends the rights of LGBT and HIV-positive seniors who face discrimination related to their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status, including discrimination by staff and residents at senior centers; denial of housing; denial of the ability for same-sex couples to share a room in an assisted living facility or nursing home; disrespect of gender identity including while incapacitated or at death; and denial of equal Social Security benefits and survivor benefits as compared to their heterosexual counterparts.
Lavender Seniors of the East Bay http://www.lavenderseniors.org/ Like others facing the challenges of aging, LGBT seniors deserve respectful, high quality health and human services.
National Center for Lesbian Rights: Elder Law http://www.nclrights.org/ NCLR is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education. NCLR is a non-profit, public interest law firm that litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels; advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community; provides free legal assistance to LGBT people and their legal advocates; and conducts community education on LGBT issues.
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: Aging http://www.thetaskforce.org/issues/aging “The baby boomers are coming, the baby boomers are coming.” For years now everyone’s been hearing the warnings about the anticipated crisis in elder care . If you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), the challenge is complicated due to widespread homophobia, trans-phobia, racial injustice and economic inequality. Right now estimates say there are 1.5 million LGBT elders in the United States, and by 2030 that number will nearly double to 3 million LGBT people 65 and older. At the Task Force, we’ve seen this crisis approaching and we’re dealing with it.
National Coalition for LGBT Health http://lgbthealth.webolutionary.com/ The Coalition is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals through federal advocacy that is focused on research, policy, education, and training. The LGBT community includes individuals of every sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, and age; regardless of disability, income, education, and geography. Our members are dedicated to effecting change by uniting this rich diversity at the national level.
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging http://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/ The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country’s first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults.
Old Lesbians Organizing for Change http://www.oloc.org/ We are a national network of Old Lesbians over age 60 working to make life better for Old Lesbians through support networks and by confronting ageism in our communities and our country using education and public discourse as primary tools. Our national organization is directed by a Steering Committee that publishes a quarterly newsletter,The Reporter, and produces biennial National Gatherings where hundreds of us come together to share experiences and ideas and recharge our energies for the tasks at hand.
SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) www.sageusa.org
Suicide Prevention, Awareness, & Support http://www.suicide.org/elderly-suicide.html Elderly suicide is a very serious problem. Although the elderly (age 65 and older) comprise about 13% of the U.S. population, they account for over 18% of all suicides. The most common cause for elderly suicide, as for all suicides, is untreated depression. Thus, elderly depression needs to be recognized and treated. And about one third of the seniors who are 65 or older experience depression. Some individuals erroneously believe that depression is a normal part of being elderly, which is completely untrue. Depression is not normal for people of any age. Elderly people with depression have a chemical imbalance in their brain. And that chemical imbalance is extremely common and highly treatable.
Report Elder Abuse http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/Stop_Abuse/Get_Help/State/index.aspx State reporting numbers, government agencies, state laws, state-specific data and statistics, and other resources.
Partnered Grief: When Gay and Lesbian Partners Grieve by Harold Ivan Smith & Joy Johnson http://www.amazon.com/Partnered-Grief-Lesbian-Partners-Grieve/dp/1561232033/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_y