LGBT Community Centers and Older Adults

CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers and the Movement Advancement Project recently issued the “2012 Community Center Survey Report: Assessing the Capacity and Programs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Centers,” available at

 The report contains interesting data on how 79 (of more than 200) LGBT community centers across the U.S. are serving older adults.  Here’s a summary of that data:

  • 73% of centers offer programs specifically designed for LGBT older adults
    • 57% offer recreational, social and cultural activities
    • 56% offer discussion and support groups
    • 48% offer volunteer opportunities
    • 29% offer exercise and fitness programs
    • 25% offer intergenerational programming
    • 24% offer peer-led support groups for LGBT older adults
    • 10% offer congregate meals
    • Five centers (10%) said that more than one-quarter of their patrons are 65+

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