Monthly Archives: October 2013

LGBT Residents’ Nursing Home Rights

Senior gets a kissAre you an LGBT nursing home resident?  The friend, partner, or advocate of such?  If so, you should take a look at the new publication, “Residents’ Rights and the LGBT Community: Know YOUR Rights as a Nursing Home Resident.”

The new 4-page publication was produced by the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center, and Lambda Legal, and is available at http://issuu.com/lgbtagingcenter/docs/lgbtrrfactsheet-final

There are not many LGBT-specific rights; rather, there are rights that all nursing home residents are guaranteed by the federal government, and many of these — the right to be free from abuse, the right to privacy, the right to be treated with respect, for example — may be of particular interest to LGBT residents.  This document highlights some of these rights, plus gives a short bulleted list of your options if you think a right has been violated. There is also a page of LGBT-specific resources that may be of particular interest to LGBT older adults.

California Mandates LGBT Cultural Competency Training

cultural competencyThis week California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill mandating that 5 hours of LGBT cultural competency training be integrated into the training received by residential care facility administrators before they can be certified.  The bill was Assembly Bill 663, authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez.

Competition for Your Personal Story!

SAGEStory_Facebook_GraphicSAGE wants your story!

You have until 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, to submit your answers to these questions:  What does ‘community’ mean to you?  How do you stay connected to the people who matter most to you?

You can submit your answers in writing (300-500 words), as a video, as a photograph (up to 3 MB), or as a podcast.

Although copyright will remain with you, your submission gives SAGE the right to share your submission on their website.  SAGE will select and post the top entries, and visitors will vote on their favorite (between November 7-21, 2013) to determine the winner of a $50 Amazon gift certificate.

For more information and to enter, go to http://www.sageusa.org/programs/sagestory-share.cfm

Are They or Aren’t They?

Early FTMOne of the joys of growing old is that your memories increasingly consist of what others label “history.”

That is one of the reasons older LGBT people and those who serve them may be very interested in a new website  (www.OurFamilyAlbum.org) that features early photographs of people who may or may not have been LGBT.

The new website was put together by Stu Maddux, the creator of the much-lauded documentary on LGBT aging, Gen Silent.  His in-progress work, “Reel in the Closet,” features home videos from LGBT people.  The complementary website features more than 100 personal photos spanning more than 120 years and is designed to provoke conversation about identity and cultural context.  Users are encouraged to post comments and questions, which are often answered by Stu Maddux.

The site also features a store that offers a 2014 desk calendar, cards, posters, wall clocks, and mugs.  You can ask to be notified when new photographs are added to the site.

“At the end of the day everyone wants someone to talk to and feel connected to”

Ty MartinFor Coming Out Day 2013, Ebony magazine published a profile of Ty Martin, a 65-year-old Black gay man who serves as SAGE’s Harlem Community Liaison.

Ty is also one  of three older LGBT people featured in the new documentary, Before You Know It, which is currently raising funds for distribution (see http://beforeyouknowitfilm.com/).  In the Ebony profile, he talks about how Harlem has changed for LGBT people, and then concludes,

“I wish I could say something profound about  being Black, gay and a senior in Harlem but my story is pretty much the same as  anyone else. We all want to be connected to somebody.

“Why do you think churches are full on Sunday?  People want to find some connection. Or else, why do they go? I think it’s the  same reason why clubs are packed on Saturday. [Laughs.]

“At the end of the day everyone wants someone  to talk to and feel connected to.”

The full article is available at http://www.ebony.com/news-views/national-coming-out-day-a-seniors-story-304#axzz2hQy611wH

Sissy in Wyoming

1534160_na_adv_sissy_MAMThis past week, the Los Angeles Times ran a long feature on Sissy Goodwin, a heterosexual, 67-year-old, college science instructor and cross-dresser in Wyoming with two grown children, one of whom says that he has only seen him dressed in men’s clothing twice, including once at his sister’s wedding.  “You could see him squirming to get out of that dress shirt,” Travis said, “and get back into his dress.”  Continue reading