After decades of openly marching in Pride parades, contributing and advocating for LGBT causes, or choosing to not be openly gay for a variety of reasons, LGBT older adults still face many situations where the freedom to be themselves is being limited or jeopardized entirely. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) published data confronting the fact that many LGBT seniors may live alone, and/or will need some form of assistance with basic needs and services (i.e., food, navigating their own health care, lack of housing options, inadequate transportation, and or prohibition from senior assisted living communities) at some point as they age.
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging states that an estimated 1.5 million gay, lesbian, and bisexual people over 65 are living in the U.S. currently, and that number is expected to double by 2030. Join the National Council on Aging and critical voices in the LGBT aging space for a webinar to discuss why expanding options, improving conditions in various sectors and institutions, and creating more supportive environments is key to making spaces safe – or more importantly doing what it takes to create the space for LGBT older adults to have the right to age with economic security, health, and dignity.
- Joseph A. Izzo, M.A., L.I.C.S.W., Psychotherapist III – Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Services, Whitman-Walker Health Center
- Murray Scheel, Senior Staff Attorney, Whitman-Walker Legal Services
- Aaron Tax, Director of Advocacy, SAGE USA
- Dr. Imani Woody, Founder and CEO, Mary’s House for Older Adults, Inc.
- Christine Beatty, Director, Madison Senior Center, Madison, Wisconsin