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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the United States face unique barriers to care and resources as they get older and require long-term health care. However, there are a number of federal and state agencies available to address issues of discrimination in California that arise due to sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
There are an estimated 2.7 million LGBT adults aged 50 and older in the United States, and 1.1 million who are 65 and older. While many older adults face issues of economic insecurity, lack of adequate, affordable health care, ageism, and difficulties getting the help they need as they age, those challenges are compounded for LGBT older adults. In addition, LGBT older adults face their own unique challenges as a result of a lifetime of both individual and structural discrimination.
From our friends at Movement Advancement Project (MAP) and SAGE
These agencies and associations specifically serve California residents by helping them access social services such as case management, friendly visitors programs, affordable housing, health care assistance and legal issues.
These listings constitute some of the major national resource organizations that promote civil rights for LGBT people, assistance to caregivers, and training and support for professionals in the field of aging.
These organizations provide legal assistance to people and their legal advocates with legal consultation, downloadable legal documents, listings of LGBT friendly attorneys and advice on how to fight discrimination. Many also promote justice through the litigation of precedent setting cases.
This section outlines the few housing options in California that are either in the process of being built, or already exist, that are specifically designed for the LGBT population.
Provides an overview of current and pending Federal and State laws that pertain to the rights and protections for the LGBT population and for domestic partnership.
You will find a collection of recently published articles, reports and fact sheets from the media, academia and agencies relating to LGBT long term care issues and other pertinent topics.