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09.02.2014
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LGBT Older Adults and Falling Through the Safety Net

Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) & The Movement Advancement Project and SAGE & Center for American Progress

September 1, 2010


This brief illustrates how policy and social barriers gradually tear away at the safety net for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, older adults - and how these inequities compound and reinforce each other, creating a dramatically different aging experience for LGBT older adults based solely on the different treatment they experience because they are not heterosexual. It explains that the barriers and inequality facing LGBT older adults stem from the effects of social stigmas and prejudice, their reliance on informal "families of choice" for care and support, and inequitable laws and programs that treat LGBT elders unequally. These barriers can prevent LGBT elders from achieving three key elements of successful aging: financial security, good health and health care, and social support and community engagement.

Categories: Economic Security, Health & Health Care, Mental Health


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