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Matt Rourke, APShown is the new John C. Anderson apartments building ion Philadelphia, an affordable housing complex aimed at gay seniors.

Affordable housing for LGBT seniors opens in heart of downtown Philadelphia

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
PHILADELPHIA -- Jerry Zeft was so excited to move into his new apartment that he slept on an air mattress for nearly a week while he waited for his bed and other belongings to catch up with him. No matter that he's 70 years old. [ Read more → ]
Ann Heisenfelt, APBarbara Satin (left), a 79-year-old transgender activist described by building residents as "the matriarch of Spirit on Lake," with resident Lucretia Kirby in her unit at Spirit on Lake in Minneapolis.

At Minnesota’s Spirit on Lake, LGBT seniors find safe haven

Thursday, January 2, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS — Lucretia Kirby was on her own for the first time in years after her partner's death. She felt stranded in a church-affiliated assisted living facility, where she said bigotry and even physical threats were ignored by building managers. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]

Report: LGBT seniors suffer health disparities, economic insecurities

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
LGBT seniors suffer health disparities and economic insecurities that are compounded over the course of a lifetime with devastating effects, according to a new report by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. [ Read more → ]
Paul Boynton

Author Paul Boynton on embracing life beyond 50: Begin with ‘Yes’

Friday, July 26, 2013
How best to move forward through life is one of the questions author, life coach, and non-profit CEO Paul Boynton asks and attempts to answer on a daily basis. As author of the inspirational Begin With Yes and the host of both its accompanying Facebook page as well as the Facebook page Being Gay, Becoming Gray, he helps others take big issues and distill them into manageable bites. [ Read more → ]

Push accelerates to build more LGBT senior housing

Saturday, May 11, 2013
As the rebels of the Stonewall era enter their 60s and prepare for the sunshine years, the movement they forged is helping shape new ways of aging for the LGBT community. [ Read more → ]

Study: Mental health of gay seniors jeopardized by sexual minority stress

Friday, January 20, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- Sexual minority stress, along with aging-related stress, jeopardizes the mental health of midlife and older gay men, according to a new study published by the American Journal of Public Health. In the study, sexual minority stress included the men’s perceptions that they needed to conceal their sexual orientation, or that others were uncomfortable with or avoided them because of they are gay. [ Read more → ]

Study finds LGBT seniors face higher rates of depression, loneliness

Thursday, November 17, 2011
SEATTLE -- LGBT seniors and baby boomers -- a group whose numbers are expected to be more than 4 million by 2030 -- have greater rates of disability, depression, and loneliness compared with heterosexuals of similar ages, according to a new study from the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. [ Read more → ]

UK polling research shows elderly LGBTQ persons end up living alone

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
A groundbreaking research poll commissioned by the LGBTQ charity and advocacy group Stonewall UK, showed that lesbian, gay and bisexual persons in Britain are far more likely to end up living alone and have less contact with family in later life than heterosexual people. [ Read more → ]

AARP launches website to address needs of older LGBT Americans

Thursday, June 9, 2011
The AARP has launched a new portal on its website to address the needs of older LGBT Americans. [ Read more → ]

BOOM! Developers plan gay mecca in Palm Springs deserts

Friday, February 11, 2011
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Ten architectural design firms are developing a retirement community in neighboring Rancho Mirage, Calif., that will be focused on creating stylish, high design buildings geared towards gay retirees. [ Read more → ]

CA county settles suit with gay man separated from dying partner

Saturday, July 24, 2010
California's Sonoma County has agreed to pay $600,000 to settle a lawsuit by an elderly gay man who claimed he was separated from his dying partner, accused of abuse, and left penniless when county officials auctioned the contents of their home. [ Read more → ]

Healthcare and LGBT seniors: the tragic story of Harold and Clay

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
This month, a jury there will begin hearing the case of Harold Scull and Clay Greene, an elderly couple who endured the worst nightmare imaginable at the hands of health care workers and county officials two years ago in the small town of Sebastopol. [ Read more → ]
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