LGBT Programming for Older Adults: A Practical Step-by-Step Guide

Publish date: 2017
Source: National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
Topics: Cultural Competency

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. One of the easiest ways to demonstrate that your agency is open to working with LGBT elders is to offer programs that are for and/or about LGBT older people and the issues they care about. It provides LGBT clients a physical gathering space where they can share common experiences and build community. It can also help to educate staff and other clients on LGBT issues, helping to build understanding and create a more welcoming environment for all clients. LGBT-specific programming also demonstrates to other service agencies in your community that your agency is open to broader diversity principles.

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