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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.
Legal services organizations play a crucial role in alleviating the effects of poverty for low-income older Americans. However, not all low-income older adults have the same legal needs, not all will seek out help on their own, and for diverse groups, culturally competent service is key to meeting their needs.
How Can Legal Services Better Meet the Needs of Low-Income LGBT Seniors? is a new Special Report by Justice in Aging, produced in partnership with Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Elders (SAGE). This report explains why LGBT older adults have higher rates of poverty, outlines how discrimination and other factors lead to unique legal needs, and provides practical tips for outreach, intakes, and providing culturally competent legal services to LGBT older adults.
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.