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
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

OUTAging summit pinpoints challenges faced by LGBT seniors
Videos below
by Matt Simonette
2017-05-28

This article shared 539 times since Sun May 28, 2017
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


According to Cecilia Hardacker, director of education at Howard Brown Health, the largest stumbling block impeding the social-, economic- and political-progress of LGBT older adults is invisibility.

The LGBT community, she said, needs to move towards a more "critical consciousness" about its older members.

Hardacker was speaking as part of a May 24 panel at OUTAging: Summit on Our Possibilities," at the Chicago offices of American Association of Retired Persons ( AARP ) and organized by Pride Action Tank.

Among the organizers' goals for the two-day summit were creating a platform that "centers the voices" of LGBT older adults to more easily address challenges and issues they face; providing a diverse and inclusive forum for redefining aging and care; and developing an advocacy agenda for LGBT older adults. Participants in the May 24 meetings highlighted issues needing to be addressed; May 25 meetings consisted mainly of service-providers who'd begin to brainstorm solutions.

Panelists said advocacy and agitation will be needed to ensure that LGBT seniors have access to financial, housing and medical resources as Americans live longer lives. Activist Donald Bell noted that, by 2030, there will be about 5 million people over the age of 100.

"We live in a time when our experience is of value, because everything that we've worked for is being challenged," Bell said. "I didn't expect that, at this stage of life, I'd have to hit the streets again."

Karen Loewy, a senior strategist at Lambda Legal, said that, thanks to potential changes in the wording of census questionnaires, older LGBTs face outright "erasure." Recent Trump administration surveys about seniors omitted questions about LGBTs, the only significant omissions from previous editions of the surveys. That omission jeopardizes federal funding of essential services.

"We started seeing surgical removals from policy websites and advancements—then it became formalized," said Loewy. "There's no data on the unique needs for this community."

Cultural competency—in LGBT issues for geriatric-services providers and in aging issues for LGBT-services—is also critical, Hardecker said. She conducts trainings on LGBT issues for medical personnel in conservative parts of the country, and has been told outright by physicians that they have no aging LGBT persons in their community. Younger staff frequently is quite often more open-minded than older staff, she added.

"Training is paramount," Hardacker said.

Naomi Goldberg, policy and research director for Movement Advancement Project ( MAP ), said that discussions about health and well-being for seniors needs to shift from merely addressing ailments but to promoting all-around well-being. A crucial piece of that, she added, was contact with persons of other generations.

According to Goldberg, there must be "a recognition that you are aging, but a realization that you can live well."

Bell added, "Aging is a challenge, and it's a mystery, but it's what we have … . In the aging community reside people of tremendous power."

Pride Action Tank will release a final OUTAging report with action steps later this summer.

Related coverage, OUTAging summit closes with MAP report and call for visibility, at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/OUTAging-summit-closes-with-MAP-report-and-call-for-visibility/59285.html .

The video playlist below contains multiple videos. Choose Playlist in the top left hand corner to watch videos out of order, if preferred.



This article shared 539 times since Sun May 28, 2017
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

WORLD Court rulings, Dutch apology, trans candidates win, Global Black Pride
2021-12-05
Botswana's Court of Appeal upheld a 2019 ruling that decriminalized gay sex, effectively striking off two sections of the penal code that had outlawed homosexuality, according to Reuters. Before the 2019 High Court ruling, which was ...


Gay News

Canada's House of Commons unanimously votes to ban conversion therapy
2021-12-02
Canada's House of Commons voted unanimously to ban so-called LGBT conversion therapy, the BBC reported. The legislation would make it illegal to have a child undergo the practice or have anyone unwillingly undergo it. Conversion therapy—which ...


Gay News

Mayor Lightfoot issues statement about lawsuit against FOP
2021-12-01
--From a press release - Today, at my direction, the City's Department of Law voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit against the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 without prejudice. This verified complaint for injunctive relief was initially filed in response to the ...


Gay News

Lambda Legal to Justice Kavanaugh: Not in our name
2021-12-01
--From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — This morning, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, a case that has the potential to directly or effectively overturn landmark precedent protecting the right ...


Gay News

FDA pushed to end discriminatory tissue donation policy
2021-11-30
--From a press release - Chicago, IL. — U.S Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL), Joe Neguse (D-CO), David Cicilline (D-RI), and U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Elizabeth Warren ...


Gay News

HRC encourages LGBTQ+ people to sign up for health insurance plans
2021-11-29
--From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is encouraging LGBTQ+ people to sign up for health insurance as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's Services (CMS) kicks off its LGBTQ+ Theme Week (Nov. 28 - ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Asylum case, TDOR items, activist dies, trans hockey team
2021-11-28
Mattie Tux Horton—a transgender woman from Zimbabwe who lives in Rockville, Maryland—won her asylum case in late October after living in the United States for the past five years, The Washington Blade reported. Although she has ...


Gay News

WORLD Queer mountaineers, race-car driver, Australian bill, German reforms
2021-11-28
At the end of this year's mountaineering season, a group of climbers raised LGBTQ+ symbols on top of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe, as part of the Pink Summits campaign, a press release ...


Gay News

Three white men found guilty in fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery
2021-11-24
On Nov. 24, a jury found three white men guilty of murder and other charges in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, who was Black, early last year, according to media reports. Father and son Gregory ...


Gay News

AFC commemorates passing of the HIV decriminalization law with World AIDS Day event Dec. 1
2021-11-24
--From a press release - The World AIDS Day Community Celebration of the Historic Passage of HB1063, which ended criminal penalties against people living with HIV, will be hosted by AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC). It will also commemorate World AIDS Day ...


Gay News

Andersonville Chamber of Commerce plans holiday shopping events supporting 100+ businesses
2021-11-22
--From a press release - CHICAGO (November 22, 2021) - The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is pleased to kick-off the holiday season with a festive line-up of neighborhood events encouraging residents and visitors to "shop local" in support of the ...


Gay News

VIEWS Young people need to listen to LGBTQ elders' intergenerational experiences
2021-11-20
For one of my first Windy City Times assignments, I was lucky enough to spend nearly three hours interviewing longtime LGBTQ+-rights activist Michael O'Connor. As queer individuals living in Chicago in 2021, we had plenty in ...


Gay News

Kyle Rittenhouse found not guilty on all charges
2021-11-19
On Nov. 19 in Wisconsin, a Kenosha County jury composed of seven women and five men acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse of all charges against him, finding the teenage gunman acted in self-defense when he fatally shot two ...


Gay News

Thailand, Switzerland go in opposite directions regarding marriage equality
2021-11-18
Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled a law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman in the country is constitutional, The Washington Blade reported. The Foundation for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Rights and Justice, ...


Gay News

LGBTQ+ equality in nine Illinois municipalities detailed in Human Rights Campaign Index
2021-11-18
--From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, in partnership with The ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

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 Transegender 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


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
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      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      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.