Disrupting Disparities: Solutions for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers 50+

Publish date: January 2021
Source: SAGE, AARP New York & AARP Foundation
Topics: Caregiving, Cultural Competency, Discrimination, Health Care, LGBTQ+ Aging, Social Isolation

As of 2021, New York State ranks among the top 10 states in terms of the percentage of its population that is lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBTQ+). Of the estimated 800,000 LGBTQ+ adults in New York State, nearly one-third (28%) are over the age of 50. Although a key part of New York State’s rapidly growing elder population, LGBTQ+ older people remain largely invisible and face unique challenges in aging.

This report seeks to:

1) identify the disparities faced by New York State’s 50-plus LGBTQ+ population; and
2) develop concrete policy solutions to address these disparities.