Resources For LGBTQ Senior Citizens

The aging LGBTQ community is a fast-growing demographic of about 3 million people over the age of 50 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer. Across the nation, there’s a growing number of issues the community faces when it comes to housing, financial aid, health, and more.

We’ve created a list of organizations and research dedicated to helping the aging community and educating caregivers to ensure that the twilight years of LGBTQ older adults are given the help and care they deserve.

 

LGBT Older Adults in Long-Term Care Facilities

This report offers a series of stories from the older LGBT community and findings researchers have done about the needs and fears for this demographic when it comes to living in long-term care facilities.

Resources for Elderly LGBT

The Center for Positive Aging has compiled a list of resources dedicated to advocacy for older LGBT persons.

Old Lesbians Organizing for Change: Ageism

The Old Lesbians Organizing for Change is a community of mature lesbian activists focusing on creating positive change when it comes to ageism and many other issues.

Prime Timers Worldwide

Prime Timers Worldwide is a community dedicated to bringing together older gay or bisexual men for friendship, personal growth, and support.

GLMA Provider Directory

The GLMA is a national organization committed to ensuring health equity for the community. They’ve put together a directory for providers in their network that are LGBTQ-friendly to ensure quality health care.

The Aging and Health Report for LGBT Older Adults

This report covers the disparities and resilience common among LGBT older adults.

HIV Among People Aged 50 and Older

An average of 1 in 6 new HIV diagnoses are in the 50+ community, especially in those who are part of the LGBT community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has included an overview and infographic about diagnosing and preventing HIV.

LGBTQ+ Health

A summary of research and issues related to the LGBTQ+ community, especially the LGBTQ+ older adults.

LGBT Aging Facts

Facts from reports about the over 3 million LGBT adults over 50 and the challenges this demographic faces.

Lambda Legal: Know Your Rights as a Transgender Person

Lambda Legal is dedicated to knowing laws that protect LGBT people. This page is specific to the elder transgender community.

AARP: LGBT Pride

This is the landing page for the LGBT pride section of the AARP. This page offers various news articles and new information specific to senior LGBT community members.

CenterLink LGBT Community Building Programs

The Community of LGBT Centers offers programs focused on support, technical assistance, training, and networking opportunities for the elder LGBT community.

Sexual Health and Older LGBTQIA+ Adults

This publication covers sexual health related to older LGBTQIA+ adults, such as concepts of gender identity, common misconceptions about sexuality and aging, and special considerations for sexual health care.

GLAD Know Your Rights: Aging

The GLBTQ Legal Associates and Defenders Organization has a specific subset of issues they focus on to ensure that LGBTQ elders never need to go back in the closet and are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

LGBT National Senior Hotline

This Hotline is an anonymous and confidential safe space where senior callers can speak up about different issues and concerns related to what they and other LGBT seniors face.

Benefits for LGBT Service Members

The Department of Veterans Affairs has specific information about benefits for LGBT service members, including specific life insurance benefits and assistance programs for those who fought in the Vietnam War.

Understanding Issues Facing LGBT Older Adults

This report includes a breakdown of the over 2.7 million LGBT adults aged 50 and older to discuss the needs of their community and the specific health and social issues this group is facing.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Aging

The American Psychological Association has put together a page about a growing population’s unique needs and disparities: the LGBT elder community.

Funders for LGBT Issues: Health

Funders for LGBT Issues is a network of over 75 foundations, corporations, and institutions dedicating to enhancing the health and well-being of the aging LGBTQ community.

LGBT Aging

Members of the Williams Institute School of Law put together a report that reviews the current research on LGBT older adults to address the needs of LGBT seniors.

LGBT Elders

This page is a message from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development about finding appropriate and safe housing for the LGBT elder community.

Supporting and Caring for Our LGBTQ Elders During COVID-19

The Human Rights Campaign created an article about caring for and supporting LGBTQ elders during the pandemic.

LGBT Older Adults: Falling Through the Safety Net

This article details the key challenges facing LGBT older adults. Its focus is on how there are systems in America that are currently failing them, and it offers policy solutions that would address these problems.

Affordable Housing for LGBTQ Seniors

Shelterforce wrote an article about LGBTQ housing for seniors and how difficult it can currently be, but how different organizations have spent the last few years going above and beyond to change that so there are more LGBTQ-friendly properties to choose from.

LGBT Programming for Older Adults

Iona is an organization dedicated to navigating the challenges of caring for and supporting an older adult. They have specific LGBT-inclusive programming that includes peer-led support groups and improving/creating services dedicated to helping the community.

MAZON: LGBTQ Older Adults

MAZON is an organization dedicated to addressing and removing barriers to food security among LGBTQ older adults.

Coalition for Aging LGBT Services

The Coalition for Aging LGBT is an organization dedicated to improving and protecting the quality of life for older LGBT adults for health, housing, advocacy, financial security, and social services.

LGBTQ Senior Housing and Assisted Living

This page details everything an aging LGBT person or couple needs to know about searching for senior housing and assisted living. You can even search a city, zip code, or county to find the perfect senior living option for you.

LGBTQ Retirement Communities

Senior Living put together information for LGBTQ+ senior citizens that goes over nursing homes and cities that are best for the community. When you input your zip code, it will help you find housing communities near you that are LGBT-friendly.

The Facts on LGBT Aging

This document covers facts and statistics in various aspects of the aging LGBT community, such as health care, culture, housing, legal, and financial issues.

Ten Things Every LGBT Older Adult Should Know About HIV/AIDS

The Sage Health Series and Diverse Elders Coalition created a pamphlet with ten facts about HIV and AIDS since it is a rising health concern in the 50+ LGBT community demographic.

Inclusive Questions for Older Adults

This guide is a detailed look at the needs, data, and common misconceptions about LGBT senior citizens so caregivers can ensure they are giving appropriate care, especially when it comes to honoring significant relationships.

Special Concerns of LGBT Caregivers

The Family Caregiver Alliance has created a landing page full of information for LGBT caregivers of older adults and caring for senior members of the LGBT community to ensure that everybody is given quality care in their twilight years.

What Does the Future Hold for LGBTQ Seniors?

IN Magazine wrote an article detailing how current LGBTQ seniors deal with healthcare providers and retirement facilities and whether or not to go back in the closet rather than face discrimination.

Caring for the LGBT Older Adult

This is a PowerPoint created by the Fenway Institute that gives a simplified overview and lesson plan of the LGBT older adult demographic, common health issues that the demographic may be seeing, and the appropriate services that can be provided.