Serving the LGBTQ Senior Community
What service provider, advocates and the population at large need to know.
- LGBTQ Seniors are largely invisible
- Often lack social and family support networks available to non-LGBTQ seniors therefore they are more likely to live alone with inadequate care-giving or planning for long term needs.
- Experience homophobia and anti-gay bias that prevents them from receiving services or a quality level of care
- Discriminated in housing and nursing homes which has been reported across America
- There is a severe scarcity of programs and services that specifically serve LGBTQ seniors.
- Studies have shown that lifelong experiences of marginalization place LGBTQ seniors at high risk for isolation, poverty and homelessness.
- Many LGBTQ seniors avoid accessing elder programs and services, even when their health and safety and security depend on it due to fear of discrimination.
- The number of people 65 years of age and older in California is expected to reach 6.5 million by the year 2020, increasing the number of LBGTQ seniors who are receiving inadequate services.
- Federal Laws discriminating against same sex couples marginalize LGBTQ seniors.