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 http://www.lgbtmap.org/file/2012-lgbt-community-center-survey-report.pdf

 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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