AARP Waves the Rainbow Flag

Think you’d never see a gay male couple like this gracing an AARP website?  Think again! 

 Taking their growing commitment to the LGBT community one step further, AARP has launched a new online section of their website entitled, “AARP Pride Information and Resources for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender People,” available at http://www.aarp.org/relationships/friends-family/aarp-pride/

 The page currently includes a small section called “In the News,” with links to news articles reprinted elsewhere on the AARP website that are related to LGBT issues in general.  That’s followed by “In the Spotlight,” which currently features two dozen LGBT elder-specific articles – some with eye-catching pictures like the one we’ve reprinted here – that seem to have been written by AARP staff or consultants.  The topics are broad and include some of what you’d expect – “Estate planning tips for LGBT couples” and “Advocate sees hurdles ahead” – but others like “The Gay Man’s Guide to Dating After 50” feel like a shiveringly big step forward for the largest organization in the world.

 Not everything is perfect.  I laughed out loud when I read that one article was “A look back at the Stone Wall Riots of 1969…,” and the link to AARP’s stance on LGBT issues and aging shows they’ve managed not to advocate for protections in long-term care for gender identity and expression, a protection that is badly needed and would be in line with their other positions.  But given that it’s AARP we’re talking about here, we all ought to be saluting their newly-flown rainbow flag.

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