National Senior Citizens Law Center in partnership with Lambda Legal, The National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) are working together to raise awareness of the unique issues faced by the aging LGBT population, particularly in residential or assisted living settings. For some time, particularly with the development of a viable medical response to the AIDS epidemic, these issues have loomed on the horizon. It is excellent to see these commendable and respectable groups working together to address an area where community needs overlap.
As part of the work they are doing, these organizations have asked that certain individuals fill out a short survey, which you can link to here. The deadline for completion of the survey has been extended to February 28, 2010. Therefore, I am calling on all of my readers, colleagues, and anyone else who falls within the categories of individuals being asked to fill out the survey to take a few moments to share your thoughts. The categories of individuals being asked to fill out the survey are:
- A lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender older adult who lives or has lived in a long-term care facility;
- A caregiver of an LGBT older adult who lives or has lived in a long-term care facility;
- A family member or friend with knowledge of an LGBT older adult’s experience in a long-term care facility;
- A social worker or other helping professional who works with older adults
Many of my readers are likely to be in the legal profession, whether as lawyers, law students, para-professionals, or administrative staff. If you work in a firm or other capacity assisting the elderly, then your input as a “helping professional” is needed. I will certainly be filling out the survey myself.
You may follow the link I provided to fill out the survey online, or if you prefer to fill it out manually, then you can mail it to:
National Senior Citizens Law Center
1330 Broadway, Suite 525
Oakland, CA 94612
Thanks in advance for your time on this important project.