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
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 advancementsthen it became formalized," said Loewy. "There's no data on the unique needs for this community."
Cultural competencyin LGBT issues for geriatric-services providers and in aging issues for LGBT-servicesis 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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.