(Photo courtesy Elder Advocacy Blog)
As we know, LGBT people have special legal needs and social needs, that are often only complicated by the situations senior citizens face. For example, unlike a straight spouse whose legally married partner automatically inherits property, wills and other legal forms are required for LGBT partners. Add to this the statistic that they are "twice as likely as straights to live alone, and 10 times less likely to have a caretaker should they fall ill."
Newsweek sheds light on this oft-overlooked part of our community, and their unique needs and challenges. If you'd like to find more information about resources for the senior citizen LGBT community, be sure to also check out Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Elders (SAGE).