Inclusive Services for LGBT Older Adults: A Practical Guide to Creating Welcoming Agencies

Publish date: 2012
Source: National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
Topics: Cultural Competency

The vast majority of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults have lived through discrimination, social stigma, and the effects of prejudice both past and present, including a history of being labeled as criminals, sinners, and mentally ill. For some, this fear and social stigma has disrupted their lives, their connections with their families of origin, their lifetime earnings and their opportunities to save for retirement. It has also made many of them apprehensive of health care professionals and aging service providers.