Learn How to Provide LGBT Programming for Older Adults
SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging has trained thousands of service providers on how to create LGBT welcoming and inclusive spaces. Offering programs that address the needs and interests of LGBT older people is one concrete step that service providers can take to create welcoming, safe and LGBT-affirming spaces, where all LGBT older adults can be their authentic selves, just like their peers. Many of those trained providers are excited by developing programming about and for LGBT seniors but are not sure how to go about doing so. In response, we developed the turnkey toolkit: LGBT Programming For Older Adults: A Practical Step-By-Step Guide.
In an effort to make this a usable tool with concrete and action-oriented steps, we focused on finding a program that could be developed without straining resources, and that can be approachable to many senior audiences. So, the guide was created in consultation with organizations around the U.S. that serve LGBT older adults, and walks providers through the steps to launch a movie viewing and discussion centered on LGBT aging themes. This program is simple to organize, and can be an important step toward a number of goals, including welcoming LGBT older adults to senior service organizations; creating a safe space for the LGBT older adults who are already using those organizations to identify themselves and more fully integrate; and fostering an agency-wide culture of openness and acceptance.