Karen Taylor found herself thrown into the unexpected role of caregiver three years ago when her ex-girlfriend faced homelessness after falling ill.
Unable to care for herself and not particularly close to her family due in part to her sexual orientation, Taylor's former lover had no one else she could turn to for help.
"She had several illnesses — some of it mental, some of it coping skills, some of it physical," said Taylor, a 52-year-old sign language interpreter. "She needed someone to be with her."
Taylor's story is not uncommon among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who are aging and thinking about who will one day care for them. To address the need, Chase Brexton Health Services has begun offering new services for the older gay population, in what they believe is the first comprehensive program of its kind in the Baltimore area.Read More ▶