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LGBTQ Aging

Monthly Archive (LGBTQ Aging)

posted 05.08.2014
Every morning we look at ourselves in the mirror, and see the image we reflect to the world. Who is that person and how did that person come to be? Read More
posted 05.08.2014
Religiosity and spirituality, as they pertain to the process of aging, have both been the focus of many studies on the lives of mainstream non-minority older persons but few studies have looked at gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender/transsexual persons (LGBT) and their spiritual lives. This is... Read More
posted 05.08.2014
This is an effort to share an understanding of issues and challenges transgender elders may face. We hope that those who are successfully providing services for this population group will make more information available to those with whom they interact. This in turn should help us understand how to... Read More
posted 05.08.2014
Those who work in the aging services sector see the multiplicity of people’s lives and know it is unwise to think everyone is generally alike. This fallacy, however, pervades our social construction of sexuality and gender, and has been the dominant discourse for many years. Appreciating the... Read More
posted 05.08.2014
On March 11, 2014, Helen Bonser, founding parent of PFLAG Spokane and long-time supporter of transgender individuals, spoke with Michelle Burdick following a PFLAG meeting in Spokane, Wash. Burdick relates common issues in aging as a transgender individual: a lack of needed service... Read More
posted 05.08.2014
Rose shared these thoughts on April 18, 2014, in a two-hour interview. Then she highlighted what she felt were the most salient points in a written document submitted several days later. Read More
posted 05.05.2014
Transgender elders experience discrimination and social exclusion, yet also exhibit incredible resilience. Discrimination can cause transgender people to delay seeking healthcare, and often transgender elders have to instruct providers on how to provide culturally competent care. But... Read More
posted 05.05.2014
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults display remarkable resilience as they live their lives and build their communities, despite adversity they may face. In fact, LGBT older adults’ resilience may result from adversity and strengthen their fortitude, ... Read More
posted 02.13.2014
For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, advance planning can be especially daunting, owing to often-complicated family relationships and a wish to involve chosen families in a system that oftentimes doesn’t recognize that structure.  Read More
posted 02.13.2014
Past experiences of discrimination by medical professionals may also lead some LGBT individuals to resist executing a healthcare directive out of fear that healthcare professionals won’t respect it. Read More