LGBTEI and PGN release Special Section on LGBT Aging in honor of Older Americans Month

May 26th, 2017 by admin

pgn bannerThe LGBT Elder Initiative and the Philadelphia Gay News (PGN) have published a PGN Special Section on LGBT Aging in honor of May being Older Americans Month. The Special Section was released in the May 26th print edition of PGN.

This year’s Special Section explores many of the policy issues currently facing LGBT older adult communities and highlights some of the advocacy efforts underway to fight for our communities in trying political times. We know that the new presidential administration has greatly disrupted many of the progresses we have achieved and has shaken many in our communities. LGBT people of all ages, as well as older adults of all orientations and identities, are facing uncertainty about their rights and the futures of the programs they rely on for health care, housing, employment and more. Advocates around LGBT-aging issues are needing to mobilize like never before to ensure that our successes are not erased and that the programs and benefits that older members of our communities rely upon are not eliminated.

We would like to extend our thanks to PGN, Action Wellness, the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE), SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders), residents of the John C. Anderson Apartments, participants in the May 18 SAGETable and the Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs for contributing content to this special section.

The PGN Special Section on LGBT Aging can be accessed here. Individual columns published as part of the Special Section are available below.

Intro to the Special Section on LGBT Aging
By David Griffith, LGBT Elder Initiative

Resources on LGBT Aging
By PGN staff

Older LGBT adults tell Trump administration: We refuse to be invisible!
By Aaron Tax, SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders)

Now is the time to speak out: Medicare and Medicaid are our LGBT issues
By Han Jacobs Meadway

Despite troubled times, Philly trans community should be proud of successes
By Dawn Munro

Planning for the future in uncertain times
By David Griffith, LGBT Elder Initiative

New committee explores LGBT elder issues
By the Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs’ Elders Committee

Advocacy for older Americans: It’s the law!
By Kathy Cubit, CARIE (Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly)

Advocacy by and for bi communities
By Terri Clark, Action Wellness

Philadelphia Reunion Project to honor experiences of long-term survivors of HIV
By David Griffith, LGBT Elder Initiative

How are you aging out loud?
By the LGBT Elder Initiative, assisted by residents of the John C. Anderson Apartments and participants in the May 18 SAGETable at the William Way Community Center

 

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