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LGBT Aging Resources

Minneapolis ranks 4th among U.S. cities in percentage of gay, lesbian and bisexual residents. Approximately 12.5% of Minneapolis identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual. Transgender was not a category in analysis. (UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law & Public Policy)

There are an estimated 48,000 LGBT older adults living in Minnesota. Many LGBT older adults do not have the same support networks that are available to heterosexual peers. LGBT older adults are five times less likely to access senior services than heterosexual peers. By not accessing these services, LGB&T older adults are more susceptible to experiencing increased isolation, depression, substance abuse, and institutionalization.

General Resources

2012 Twin Cities LGBT Aging Needs Assessment Final Report
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people face unique issues and challenges in accessing services for older adults and caregivers.  The 2012 Twin Cities Area LGBT Aging Needs Assessment showed that only 18% of LGBT older adults were confident they would be treated well by providers of aging services. However, the same survey showed that 92% of respondents were interested in receiving services from programs that had trained their staff on working with LGBT older adults.

Improving the Lives of LGBT Older Adults
Improving the Lives of LGBT Older Adults is a groundbreaking report that represents the first major collaboration between LGBT advocacy organizations and mainstream aging organizations to comprehensively examine the issues facing LGBT older adults.

Outing Age 2010
Outing Age 2010: Public Policy Issues Affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Elders is an update to the groundbreaking Outing Age report issued in 2000. Like its predecessor, Outing Age 2010 presents an in-depth look at public policy issues and challenges facing millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the United States as they get older. It also includes detailed policy recommendations.

Ready to Serve? The Aging Network and LGB and T Older Adults
This study provides the first snapshot of the Aging Network’s experience with and readiness to serve lesbian, gay and bisexual older adults and transgender older adults (LGB and T) across all regions of the United States. The directors of every Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and directors of State Units on Aging (SUAs) in single planning and service area states (where the state, in essence, serves as the AAA) were invited to participate in an online survey in May 2010. Fifty percent (320) of eligible agencies completed the study.

Out and Visible: The Experiences and Attitudes of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Older Adults, Ages 45-75
This report examines the values, needs, wants and lifestyle preferences of LGBT older people. This study explores the aging realities of LGBT people, as well as their fears, beliefs, behaviors and aspirations in areas such as healthcare, finance and retirement, support systems, housing and sources of information.

Bisexual Aging

Kinsey, Klein, and Everything In Between ... Sexual Fluidity as we Age
By Terri Clark   

Recommended Resource: The American Institute of Bisexuality
By Terri Clark   

Bisexuality After 50: the Revolving Closet Door
By Rev. Francesca Bongiorno Fortunato

Book Review—Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities
By Cathy Croghan

Is there a Greater Risk of Depression among Sexual Minority Elders who Identify as Bisexual?
By Mark Brennan-Ing, Liz Seidel, Britta Larson and Stephen E. Karpiak

Caregiving

After DOMA
The Supreme Court’s historic ruling striking down Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is an enormous victory for loving, married couples and their families, and affirms that they deserve equal treatment under the law. Read the introductory FAQ.

What's Different about LGBT Caregiving?
Having an informal caregiver significantly helps elders avoid nursing home placement and remain in the community as they age. Find out how caregiving is different for members of the LGBT community.

Elder Abuse

Identifying and Assisting LGBT Elder Abuse Clients: A Guide for Abuse Professionals
This comprehensive article, written for abuse professionals, discusses  warning signs for LGBT elder abuse. The article covers such topics as financial abuse, threats of "outing" and isolation, among others. It also provides resource suggestions.

This comprehensive article, written for abuse professionals, discusses  warning signs for LGBT elder abuse. The article covers such topics as financial abuse, threats of "outing" and isolation, among others. It also provides resource suggestions. - See more at: http://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/resources/resource.cfm?r=583#sthash.puOuD...

Mistreatment of LGBT Elders
A brief provided by the National Center on Elder Abuse.

Employment Discrimination

Employment Discrimination and LGBT Seniors
For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) seniors, finding, keeping, and advancing in good jobs can be a challenge. LGBT seniors may confront both age-related bias and anti-LGBT bias in the workplace, which can leave them even more vulnerable than those of their counterparts who share, and therefore face discrimination based on, only one of those characteristics. Legal protections against workplace discrimination based on age, sexual orientation, and gender identity have expanded dramatically in many places across the United States, and LGBT seniors can access these legal tools to protect their rights in the workplace.

Legal

Planning & LGBT Older Adults
Fact sheet created by Training to Serve to help providers understand important legal and end of life planning with LGBT older adults.

Planning with Purpose: Legal Basics for LGBT Elders
Planning with Purpose: Legal Basics for LGBT Elders provides basic information about select areas of the law that are important to LGBT elders, especially individuals and couples who are age 55 and over, based on NCLR’s experience advocating for LGBT elders. This guide includes information about issues related to relationship recognition, finances, health care, long term care, planning for the care of minor or disabled children, inheritance, elder abuse, and discrimination against LGBT elders. It covers many of areas where rights, benefits, and protections are generally provided to heterosexual people based on spousal status, but are denied to same-sex couples, even if married or in other legal unions. It also highlights issues unique to transgender elders.

After DOMA
The Supreme Court’s historic ruling striking down Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is an enormous victory for loving, married couples and their families, and affirms that they deserve equal treatment under the law. Read the introductory FAQ.

Long-Term Care

Stories from the Field: LGBT Older Adults in Long-term Care Facilities
Here you will find video stories and dozens of personal comments capturing varied experiences with long-term care of LGBT older adults, their loved ones, advocates, and the providers who care for them.

Residents' Rights and the LGBT Community
The federal 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law requires nursing homes to “protect and promote the rights of each resident” emphasizing individual dignity and self-determination in the provision of long-term care. Every nursing home accepting Medicare and/or Medicaid must meet federal requirements, including those regarding residents’ rights.

Transgender Aging

Trans Aging - We're Still Here!
It’s not easy getting older, but transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) people have especially good reasons to know their legal rights as they enter their Golden Years. The discrimination and violations of physical privacy that plague most TGNC people when they are younger become more and more likely, especially with increased reliance on the health care system

Opening the Door to the Inclusion of Transgender People: The Nine Keys to Making LGBT Organizations Fully Transgender-Inclusive
The National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announce a new joint publication, Opening the Door to the Inclusion of Transgender People: The Nine Keys to Making Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organizations Fully Transgender-Inclusive. Geared for LGBT organizations of any kind (from communities of faith, to social clubs, to advocacy organizations), this guide covers both practical and big-picture ways we can all bring our goals of a fully inclusive movement into reality. It also includes the voices of LGBT leaders speaking about their real-life experiences with transgender inclusion.

Welcoming Services

Creating an LGBT Welcoming Service
Fact sheet created by Training to Serve based on information obtained from the 2012 Twin Cities LGBT Aging Needs Assessment.

Inclusive services for LGBT older adults: A practical guide to creating welcoming agencies

Inclusive Questions for Older Adults: A Practical Guide to Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
This guide helps to answers the question: “How can our mainstream aging organization ask questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in safe and respectful ways to better inform our services and programs?" Written with suggestions, tips and practical ideas this guide will assist in your organization's path to asking fully inclusive questions to all of your clients. -

Opening the Door to the Inclusion of Transgender People: The Nine Keys to Making LGBT Organizations Fully Transgender-Inclusive
The National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announce a new joint publication, Opening the Door to the Inclusion of Transgender People: The Nine Keys to Making Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organizations Fully Transgender-Inclusive. Geared for LGBT organizations of any kind (from communities of faith, to social clubs, to advocacy organizations), this guide covers both practical and big-picture ways we can all bring our goals of a fully inclusive movement into reality. It also includes the voices of LGBT leaders speaking about their real-life experiences with transgender inclusion.

Taking an LGBT Sensitive History
Fact sheet created by Training to Serve to help providers take a sensitive history and modify forms to include diversity in questions for sexual orientation and gender identity.