New book can help you welcome LGBTQ+ residents

Tim R. Johnston, Ph.D., senior director of national projects for LGBTQ+ elder advocacy organization SAGE, spent a year and a half working on his new book, “Welcoming LGBTQ+ Residents: A Practical Guide for Senior Living Staff.” He recently answered some questions for me about the book and its subject matter as well as his work at SAGE.

Q: What prompted you to write a book on this topic? And why now?

A: During my time at SAGE, I’ve conducted hundreds of SAGECare LGBTQ+ cultural competency trainings all around the country. I have experience working with a wide variety of providers from different geographic, political and religious backgrounds.

My goal was to take that experience and write a book that recognizes everyone has a different level of familiarity with the topic of LGBTQ+ inclusion, and is a friendly and accessible resource for anyone working in a senior living community. There are a lot of great resources out there, and I thought a concise guide that is easy to reference would be another useful tool for administrators and other senior living staff.

You can read the rest of the interview on McKnight’s Senior Living.