Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2023-12-13
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Forum focuses on LGBT seniors' housing and legal rights
by Matt Simonette
2018-11-21

This article shared 1997 times since Wed Nov 21, 2018
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


The renewed attacks on the LGBT community by right-wing elements in recent years, just as many LGBT persons who are aging will rely ever more on robust and equitable public-accommodations policy, was the subject of discussion at a community forum at Howard Brown Health's Rogers Park facilities Nov. 14.

A key component of discussions amongst advocates for Chicago LGBT seniors is housing. Activist Don Bell, who lives in Town Hall Apartments in Lake View, said that his residence is a community asset, but belongs to a housing model that cannot be sustained as LGBT community members age in greater numbers: "While I am blessed to benefit from what exists, that is not the answer for the future."

Availability of housing resources is closely linked to other challenges facing LGBT seniors, especially discrimination in senior-facilities and lack of socialization.

Amy Whelan, senior staff attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, detailed litigation centering around persons harassed, abused or refused public accommodations, among them married lesbian couple Mary Walsh and Beverly Nance, who were refused by Friendship Village, a Missouri senior housing facility.

"Literally, if either Beverly or Mary had been a man, they would have been allowed to move in," said Whelan, noting that LGBT seniors quite commonly had to re-enter the closet when moving into such facilities. Serena Worthington, director of national field initiatives for SAGE, noted that about 90 percent of senior housing facilities are affiliated with a religious institution. All panelists agreed that cultural competency training was vital for housing facility employees.

It fell on Whelan to lead what she called the "depressing part" of the forum, a detailed listing of efforts by the Trump administration to undo various LGBT rights and accommodations. She noted that all such gains came during the Obama administration, and that Trump and his officials vowed to undo most if not all policy that Obama put into place. But she was not entirely pessimistic about the future.

"There's a certain amount of progress that can't be rolled back as long as everyone remains vigilant and engaged," said Whelan.

Paula Basta, director of Senior Services for Chicago Housing Authority, and Kim Hunt, executive director of Pride Action Tank, also spoke in the presentation, which SAGE and the National Center for Lesbian Rights sponsored.


This article shared 1997 times since Wed Nov 21, 2018
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Out and Aging
Presented By

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Dialogue Project set to hold its second annual exhibition
2024-04-19
The LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Dialogue Project will hold its second annual exhibition Friday, April 26 from 6-8 p.m. at Center on Addison, 806 W. Addison St., in Chicago's Lake View neighborhood. This free and open to the ...


Gay News

City Council passes Lesbian Visibility Week proclamation
2024-04-17
Chicago alderwomen Maria Hadden (49th) and Jessie Fuentes (26th) introduced a resolution at Chicago's April 17 City Council meeting to declare April 22-28 as Lesbian Visibility Week in Chicago. This is part of a nationwide effort ...


Gay News

'United, Not Uniform': Lesbian Visibility Week starts April 22 nationwide
2024-04-17
--From a press release - San Francisco — Lesbian Visibility Week (#LVW24) kicks off on Monday, April 22 with a private event at the London Stock Exchange USA headquarters in New York City. This exclusive gathering marks the beginning of a ...


Gay News

Brittney Griner, wife expecting first baby
2024-04-15
Brittney Griner is expecting her first child with wife Cherelle Griner. According to NBC News, the couple announced on Instagram that they are expecting their baby in July. "Can't believe we're less than three months away ...


Gay News

Lesbian prime minister steps down
2024-04-09
Ana Brnabic—the first woman and the first lesbian to hold the office of prime minister of Serbia, or to be a leader of any Eastern European country—has stepped down after seven years in power, in a ...


Gay News

Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame seeks nominations for 2024 induction
2024-04-09
--From a press release - The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame has announced a call for nominations for the 2024 class of inductees into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame. Those wishing to may nominate individuals, organizations, businesses, or "Friends of ...


Gay News

HRC president responds to NAIA vote to ban transgender women from playing sports
2024-04-08
--From a press release - WASHINGTON —Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, responded to the National Association of ...


Gay News

Ella Matthes, award-winning publisher, editor of Lesbian News Magazine, dies at 81
2024-04-05
--From an ILDKMedia press release - Los Angeles, CA - Ella Matthes, longtime publisher and editor of Lesbian News Magazine, passed away from a heart attack on March 16, 2024 at The Little Company of Mary hospital in Norwalk, California. She was ...


Gay News

WORLD Lesbian sniper, HIV research, marriage items, Chinese singer, Korean festival
2024-04-05
A lesbian Ukrainian sniper and her machine-gun-toting girlfriend are taking the fight to Russia President Vladimir Putin, according to a Daily Beast article. Olga—a veterinarian-turned-soldier—said her comrades don't care about ...


Gay News

Kara Swisher talks truth, power in tech at Chicago Humanities event
2024-03-25
Lesbian author, award-winning journalist and podcast host Kara Swisher spoke about truth and power in the tech industry through the lens of her most recent book, Burn Book: A Tech Love Story, March 21 at First ...


Gay News

Almost 8% of U.S. residents identify as LGBTQ+
2024-03-16
The proportion of U.S. adults identifying as LGBTQ+ continues to increase. LGBTQ+ identification in the U.S. continues to grow, with 7.6% of U.S. adults now identifying as LGBTQ+, according to the newest Gallup poll results that ...


Gay News

One Roof Chicago launches youth-focused workforce development program
2024-03-14
One Roof Chicago (ORC) is set to launch its first training, education and job placement program for LGBTQ+ young adults in late spring. This Community Health Workers and Elder Care program is a part of ORC's ...


Gay News

Women's History Month doesn't do enough to lift up Black lesbians
2024-03-12
Fifty years ago, in 1974, the Combahee River Collective (CRC) was founded in Boston by several lesbian and feminist women of African descent. As a sisterhood, they understood that their acts of protest were shouldered by ...


Gay News

No 'explanations' needed: Affinity remains a haven for Chicago's Black queer community
2024-03-12
Back in 2007, Anna DeShawn came out while she was studying for her undergraduate degree. At around the same time, she searched online for "Black lesbians in Chicago." Her search led her to Affinity Community Services, ...


Gay News

Affinity Community Services' Latonya Maley announces departure
2024-03-06
Latonya Maley, executive director of Affinity Community Services, announced March 6 that she would be stepping down from her post. The announcement came from a statement with Affinity board members. Maley said that, "It has been ...


 


Copyright © 2024 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.

All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.