Asking Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Questions

InclusiveQuestionsforOlder-AdultsMore and more, aging service providers are being asked to ask their clients about their sexual orientation and gender identity.  But these are traditionally taboo subjects!  What’s a caring service provider supposed to do?

Read this new manual:  “Inclusive Qustions for Older Adults: A Practical Guide to Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.”  This new publication from the National Resource on LGBT Aging is available at http://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/resources/pdfs/InclusiveQuestionsOlder%20Adults_Guidebook.pdf

This comprehensive but readable and attractive guide covers:

  • Unique needs of LGBT older people
  • Why data collection is important
  • Addressing common questions and misconceptions
  • Suggested questions on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Confidentiality
  • Helpful suggestions for staff
  • Cultural competency training
  • Glossary

Here are a couple of quotes about why asking these questions is important:

“[W]hile self-disclosing one’s sexual orientation and gender identity can be a risk, it has also been shown to lead to positive mental and physical health outcomes amongst other signs of resilience.”

“An important principle of person-centered care is that the more providers know about their individual clients, the better service they will be able to provide.”

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