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 LGBTQ+ seniors who are receiving inadequate services.
- Federal Laws discriminating against same sex couples marginalize LGBTQ+ seniors.