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LGBT Elder Americans Act Teleconference

Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) is holding an open teleconference on Tuesday, November 27, at 2:30 p.m. EST to discuss his bill, The LGBT Elder Americans Act of 2012.

The LGBT Elder Americans Act of 2012 “proposes several amendments to the Older Americans act (OAA), the country’s largest vehicle for funding and delivering services to older people.  The OAA is currently up for reauthorization and includes no mention of LGBT older adults.  Participants in the call will learn more about the bill, and its potential impact on aging providers and LGBT older adults.”

The presentation, followed by a Q&A session, will feature:

– Senator Michael Bennet

– Michael Adams, Executive Director, SAGE

– Brad Clark, Executive Director, One Colorado

– Sandy Markwood, CEO, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)

– Shari Wilkins, Program Coordinator, SAGE of the Rockies

Phone number:  (805) 399-1200, participant access code:  917325

No RSVP is required.

DC Rally on Behalf of Social Security Equity

If you can be in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., you can witness a stellar cast of LGBT advocates in the flesh at a rally being held to mark the introduction into Congress of The Social Security Equality Act of 2012, a bill to ensure that any couple that has any type of registered permanent partnership has access to survivor benefits under Social Security.

The new bill is being introduced by Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-CA), and she has lined up quite a list of leaders to celebrate the new bill, including:

  • Actor and LGBT activist George Takei
  • LA Gay and Lesbian Center CEO Lorri L. Jean
  • NGLTF Executive Director Rea Carey
  • SAGE Executive Director Michael Adams
  • AIDS Community Action Foundation President Craig R. Miller
  • Rock for Equality Spokeswoman Alice Herman

The press conference and rally will be held in what’s called the House Triangle, which is located on the House side of the Capitol’s east front.  You can access a map with the spot marked by going to http://www.thedccenter.org/blog/2012/04/athe-social-security-equality-act-of-2012.html and clicking on their link to a map.

Two In-Person Opportunities

If you’re in or near Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, consider dropping in (ok, struggling through security and THEN dropping in) on a Congressional  LGBT Equality ‘Equal Time’ Briefing: Improving the Lives of LGBT Seniors.  It will be held between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. in 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (Gold Room).  The briefing will feature Michael Adams, Executive Director of SAGE; Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen, who will soon release the national LGBT aging study, Caring and Aging with Pride; Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Jeff Krehely, Director of the LGBT Research and Communications Project, Center for American Progress.  The briefing is sponsored by Members of Congress Tammy Baldwin, David Cicilline, Barney Frank, and Jared Polis.

If you’re closer to Toronto, try to clear your schedule on November 28-29, 2011, when the SeniorPrideNetwork at the 519 Church Street Community Center hosts “Opening the Closet on Aging: The 50+ LGBTQ Empowerment Conference.”  Publicity notes that the conference will feature “local LGBTQ activists and experts from the fields of Health Care, Mental Health and Addictions, Sexual Health, Journalism, HIV & AIDS, Legal Rights, Long Term Care, Bereavement and Supportive Housing.”  Keynoters are Rinaldo Walcott, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology and Equity Studies, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto; and Camille Orridge, Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network.  Registration is $150 for agencies and the general public; $50 for older LGBT people; and $75 for students.  To register contact Heather Bain at 416-392-6874 or 416-355-6787 or HBain [at] The519 [dot] org.

Making the Older Americans Act Work for Us

It’s not as well-known as Medicare and Social Security, but the Older Americans Act (OAA) is nearly as important to older adults in the U.S.

The OAA – which will be reauthorized by Congress this year, which means now is the time that changes and improvements can be made – organizes and funds many of the public programs that support older adults.  Meals programs, senior centers, long-term care ombudsmen, caregiver support, employment programs, health promotion programs, in-home care, and much, much more come under the OAA umbrella.  Structurally, the OAA funds the U.S. Administration on Aging, which funds the State Units on Aging, which fund the local Area Agencies on Aging, which provide or contract for the wide array of community-based services older adults use. Continue reading