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Calif. governor signs law to improve healthcare training related to LGBT seniors

Friday, October 11, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A new California law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown late Wednesday aims to ensure that the state’s LGBT seniors get respectful and competent elder care by integrating LGBT cultural competency instruction into training received by residential care facility administrators.

gay-seniorsAssembly Bill 663 was authored by state Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) and sponsored by Equality California and the California Senior Legislature.

“Today marks a victory for the ever-growing LGBT population in our state and nation,” said Gomez, in a statement.

“LGBT seniors will now receive the care and respect they deserve. By 2030 there will be an estimated 3 million LGBT seniors in the United States,” he said. “I am proud that California will lead the nation in preparing our caretakers to properly care for this growing demographic.”

Nationwide, there are an estimated 1.5 million LGBT seniors, with that number projected to double by 2030. This is also the first generation to navigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on aging and health.

By integrating cultural competency training for residential care administrators into the normal set of classes, LGBT seniors will worry less about being forced back into the closet, according to Equality California (EQCA).

“LGBT pioneers should live out their final years with dignity – not go back in the closet for fear of discrimination,” said John O’Connor, EQCA executive director.

Brown signed a number of other LGBT-related bills this week, including one that requires health plans to offer equal fertility coverage for same-sex couples, and another to make it easier for transgender Californians to obtain birth certificates reflecting name and gender changes.

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18 more reader comments:

  1. That’s my governor!

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 7:26pm
  2. We as nurses take an oath it shouldnt have to be damn law to treat people right!!!

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 7:43pm
  3. Nurses shouldn't be concerned as to whether their patients are gay or not.

    Replied on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 7:56pm
  4. laws are needed badly ... in small communities where there is IGNORANCE

    Replied on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 10:11pm
  5. when you have healthcare professionals that break their code of ethics you do need laws...happens in my field and it shouldn't but it does. Laws are needed.

    Replied on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 12:16am
  6. I sooo wanna move to California.

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 7:55pm
  7. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need laws to protect us form a lot of things. But it ain’t a perfect world & we are doing the best we can, to improve things,, correcting flaws as we detect them.

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 8:34pm
  8. California has been on a roll lately!! Other states take notice

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 8:54pm
  9. I think I like this Jerry Brown…perhaps moving to Cali is the way to go.

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 9:37pm
  10. I think I like this Jerry Brown…perhaps moving to Cali is the way to go.

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 9:37pm
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  13. will set a precedent hopefully

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 10:10pm
  14. will set a precedent hopefully

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 10:10pm
  15. AMEN!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 11:05pm
  16. We are finally getting the recognition we deserve.

    Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 1:07am
  17. Here in BC, that will just roll me out onto the street in a wheel chair and leave me there.

    Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 1:34am
  18. This California Governor: sounds like, looks like, smells like…a…a…a…President of the United States of America…………Finally, with all serious thoughts: WELCOME TO AMERICA…

    Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 2:51pm