LGBT Aging Research Moves Ahead

San Francisco is the site for a 2013 $60,000 study of LGBT elders, according to an article in the Bay Area Reporter, at http://ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=68429

The study will be headed by Dr. Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, who also led a ground-breaking 2009 National Institutes of Health study on LGBT elders nationwide.  Online surveys will be available in English, Spanish, and Chinese, and results are expected by July 2013.

The article also touches on the spotty history of research in LGBT aging, focusing particularly on how AIDS sidetracked the field in the 80s and 90s.  Dr. Brian de Vries, a well-regarded expert on LGBT aging, “recalled attending a lecture in the mid 1980s about gay men and aging where an audience member asked if ‘those terms are mutually incompatible “gay” and “aging.”‘”  Dr. Marcy Adelman, another pioneering LGBT aging researcher, concurred.  “The community wasn’t in a position to focus on aging when struggling so hard to keep everybody alive.”

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