Monthly Archives: December 2012

LGBT Senior Housing Advances

Construction began on two new LGBT senior housing developments this fall: Spirit on Lake, a 46-unit development in Minneapolis, and an 80-unit development close to Center on Halsted in Chicago.

For information on the Chicago project, see

For information on Spirit on Lake, including pictures of the evolving construction site, see their Facebook page.

2012 Genny Awards Announced

Stu Maddux, the producer of the acclaimed LGBT aging documentary, Gen Silent, has issued his 2012 Genny Awards to recognize the year’s most important changes towards a greater quality of life for LGBT older people.

From his website ( Continue reading

What You Believe = How You Fare

It’s not LGBT-specific, but an accumulating body of evidence points to a critical feature of successfully growing old: your beliefs about aging!

Yet another study has been published finding that among 598 adults age 70 and older followed from 1998 to 2008, those who had positive views of aging recovered better from an illness or injury.  A New York Times blog on the new study and two of its predecessors is available at

Lesbian Comics Over 50 Wanted in Chicago

There once was a widespread belief that lesbians had no sense of humor.  Proving that wrong is part of the reason Iris Golden, 75, is holding auditions in Chicago this month to put together a new comedy and improv group named DNR, for Do Not Resuscitate.

The former comedy writer (and head hunter) has teamed with the Center on Halsted, which has promised to provide the group not only with a performance venue, but also professional marketing, ticketing, and tech.  Auditions will be held at the Center on Halsted in Chicago from 6-8 p.m. on December 19-20 and from 2-4 p.m. on January 5-6. Chicago ( reports that “Aspiring lesbian comedy writers aged 50 and up should email Iris Golden and Maura Ross a headshot, resume and brief bio at Igolden13 [at] aol [dot] com and mross [at] centeronhalsted [dot] org.

San Francisco LGBT Aging Housing Gets Funds

After many years of development and negotiation, the first affordable housing project in San Francisco to be funded by a trust fund approved by the voters in November will be an LGBT-focused housing development by Openhouse and Mercy Housing California.

The allocation of $6.1 million represents but a downpayment on the 110-unit project, which is estimated to cost $53 million in total.  If the remaining funds can be secured, the first tenants may be able to move in in 2015.

For more information, see the Bay Area Reporterweblog at

“Where we go, institutions change”

CNN Health took on LGBT aging this week with an overview article, “Retirement options grow as gay boomers find more mianstream acceptance.”

Bob Witeck, CEO and co-founder of Witeck Communications, is quoted extensively in the article, talking about how life has changed for LGBT older people, including how many — like him — don’t expect to retire.

The article also reviews recent LGBT aging policy changes, and features quotes by Michael Adams of SAGE and Laurie Young of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.  It’s currently available at

Generations Make A Difference Even in Old Age

This week’sBoston Globe article, “Learning how to care for LGBT seniors: Growing numbers face challenges different from their straight peers,” features Joy Griffin, 78, a retired teacher.

She makes the astute observation that older lesbians, “went through so much more than I did.  I was right on the edge where progress was made.”  She later explains that as a result, she feels safer being open about her lesbianism than many women older that she is.

The article also notes that in early November, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick issued a directive encouraging (but not requiring) local aging agencies to “identify and assess the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trangender population.”  The article also mentions pending bill H1099, that would make LGBT cultural competency training mandatory for elder-care providers.  The article is currently available at