Older LGBT individuals and couples find themselves needing affordable housing as much as anyone else. However many senior living residences are housing others who still harbor bigotry and fear. Often fueled by 24-hour television news and self-serving politicians, even a single narrow-minded person in a shared community can create a hostile environment.
We are in the early phases of identifying community partners, speaking with potential funding sources, and working with local and state officials to build interest and excitement about the project.
LGBT Americans are more likely to be poor than heterosexuals, with African-Americans and women particularly vulnerable. Marriage is designed to give people a framework for living their economic lives together. Historically same-sex couples have not had access to marriage, putting them at a long term disadvantage.
From The Huffington Post By Robert Espinoza Senior Director, Public Policy and Communications, Service and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) In a recent op-ed in The Advocate (“In Defense of Aging”), screenwriter and author Jon Bernstein explores how gay men understand their own aging, given their traumatic life experiences and the cultural obsession with […]
From The Advocate By Joseph Sarto Executive Director of Fountaingrove Lodge in Santa Rosa, Calif. The LGBT senior population is set to double over the next 20 years, and roughly 3 million of those people will begin making arrangements to enjoy their golden years. As retirement becomes a reality for many aging LGBT people, research […]
From San Diego Gay & Lesbian News SACRAMENTO — Assembly Bill 663, authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez and sponsored by Equality California and the California Senior Legislature, was signed by Governor Jerry Brown late Wednesday. The law will help ensure LGBT seniors get respectful and competent elder care by integrating LGBT cultural competency instruction into […]
Sacramento Rainbow Village has received an initial start-up grant of $500 from the Rainbow Chamber Foundation, the charitable arm of the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce. These funds will help with early costs of getting the organization running and moving forward. “Sacramento Rainbow Village’s goal of welcoming LGBT-friendly senior housing is something that has been discussed […]
When Marcia Hickman and Sue Spirit first started talking retirement 20 years ago, they mostly worried about the location and the weather. She and Sue hadn’t thought about settling down with other gay people until they learned about Carefree Cove. “Around 2000 we heard about ‘lesbian land’ being started in North Carolina,” Sue says. A […]
A very interesting study prepared by the LGBT Aging Policy Task Force in San Francisco and the Institute for Multigenerational Health at the University of Washington in Seattle. Several findings suggest risk of isolation and lack of support resources among the participants: Nearly 60% of the participants live alone. 40% do not have the minimum income necessary […]