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LGBT seniors

Massachusetts Commission On LGBT Aging Works To Support Our Seniors

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Getting older can be a difficult experience for anyone. For LGBT seniors, the health and financial challenges faced by the average person are often compounded by other hurdles: a shrinking support network, estrangement from family, and fear of being mistreated by prejudiced healthcare providers or social workers. All too often, our elders are left to fend for themselves. In an effort to support this vulnerable population, The Massachusetts Commission on LGBT Aging was created as the first statewide commission in the country focused on meeting the unique needs of LGBT senior citizens. Founded in 2013, the Commission is made up 
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Key to Healthy Aging? Noshing and Chatting With Friends

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Today marks the first Blogging for LGBT Elders Day and we couldn’t be happier to participate. While societal acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people has rapidly accelerated in recent years, a lifetime of discrimination, harassment, and rejection takes a toll on a person. If you talk with just about any LGBT person over age 60, you’ll hear stories about how they or their friends were fired from jobs, physically attacked, shunned by parents, condemned by their faith organizations, committed to psychiatric hospitals, or denied assistance from government agencies and other organizations. Perhaps the most important thing we 
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LGBT Aging Commission Report Advocates Policy Reforms For LGBT Seniors

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A new report from the Special Legislative Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Aging recommends a set of large-scale reforms that will improve the lives of Massachusetts’ LGBT senior citizens. The report was released at a State House briefing Thursday, September 17. Speakers in attendance included Senator Pat Jehlen and Representative James O’Day, co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs. “We have long known that LGBT older adults face unique challenges as they age. Few of them have the family connections such as partners or spouses; children; and extended family who can provide the care that much of 
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Need For LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing Focus Of City Hall Public Hearing

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In the first of what LGBT elder advocates hope will be many public hearings, the LGBT Aging Project joined Boston City Council members, city officials, and Boston residents on May 7 at City Hall to discuss the need for affordable LGBT senior housing. Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim, Chair of Boston City Council’s Human Rights and Civil Rights Committee, oversaw the proceedings, which included testimony from LGBT seniors who have struggled to find safe, affordable, and LGBT-friendly housing options in Boston. LGBT Aging Project Director Lisa Krinsky and Assistant Director Bob Linscott took to the microphone to emphasize why affirming 
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LGBT Elders in an Ever Changing World Conference To Explore Challenges Of LGBT Seniors, Caregivers

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Fenway Health’s LGBT Aging Project is excited to co-sponsor the LGBT Elders in an Ever Changing World 4th Annual Conference on March 20. This interdisciplinary practice and policy conference will be focused around the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older adults and caregivers. Robert Espinoza, Vice President of Policy at Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute and a member of the Diverse Elders Coalition, will deliver the keynote address. Over 20 difference workshops will be featured throughout the day, covering important topics, including Intro to LGBT Aging, Intro to Elder Services, Policy and Practice sessions. The conference will also include a 
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