Friday, September 19, 2008

"Invisible and Overlooked"

Here's a fact that the LGBT and ally community often overlooks: Over the next 25 years, persons in America who are 65 and older are expected to grow from about 12 to 20 percent of the total population, and various estimates indicate that LGBT individuals will comprise 7 to 10 percent of that senior population.
(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).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I feel there is a need for LGBT elders to be in contact with each other! I propose a local listing called SENIOR RAINBOW NEIGHBOR CONNECTIONS - some kind of listing on which everyone who wanted to be included could put down as much info as they wanted (name, address, phone, e-mail). The list would then be shared with everyone else in their neighborhood.

This would really help us get to know each other and would be especially helpful if anyone could use assistance or help of any kind!

This effort could be spear-headed by local senior centers or local gay organizations - I welcome any suggestions on how to get something like this started in communities throughout the country!

Ken Prag