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November 14, 2016

Town hall to focus on housing discrimination against LGBT elders

Arizona Daily Star
By Adina Wingate
Gustavo Velasquez, assistant secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will speak at a town hall on housing discrimination against LGBT older adults Monday, Nov. 14, in Tucson.

Serena Worthington, the national field initiatives director at Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE) will talk about housing for LGBT elders and how to learn about housing policies and protections through a national campaign that includes a new LGBT age-friendly website. Learn more at

In Tucson, the city code makes it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, ancestry, disability, gender identity, marital status, color, age, religion, gender (sex), sexual orientation and familial status.

Last month, the Tucson Police Department launched a citywide initiative that will help turn local businesses into “safe places” for victims of anti-LGBTQ crimes and harassment to call 911 and wait for police to arrive.

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus will speak at the town hall about the initiative. Calling 911 and waiting for police is essential for holding suspects accountable and reducing hate crimes and harassment in general.

Other featured speakers include City Councilwoman Karin Uhlich, Pima County Department of Community Development & Neighborhood Conservation Director Margaret M. Kish, and a panel from the American Civil Liberties Union , the Southwest Fair Housing Council, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, and Copper Canyon Alzheimer’s Special Care Center.

“The town hall will focus on the scope of the housing discrimination problem and consider policy solutions that support a fundamental tenet of a livable community. That is, to be a community for people of all ages where an individual is able to live in a safe and welcoming place, including LGTB elders,” W. Mark Clark, president and CEO at Pima Council on Aging, said in a statement.

PCOA is the project leader, in collaboration with a group of concerned organizations as part of the SAGE National LGBT Elder housing campaign.

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