More 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 Continue reading
For many aging service providers, transgender elders exist in some mysterious place located between lurid television talk shows and an (otherwise) massive cultural silence. Told they are going to be serving or caring for a transgender elder, some service providers wonder — aloud or not — just what they’re going to face, and what they’re supposed to do.
A new publication from the FORGE Transgender Aging Network and the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging seeks to fill this gap. Written in a fairly simple, question-and-answer style, “I Have a Transgender Client…Now What?” answers the following common questions and concerns:
- What does transgender mean?
- What will he or she look like?
- What name do I call her or him?
- Do I refer to this person as he, she, or what?
- I have to help this person bathe, dress, or toilet. What should I expect?
- What am I supposed to do about grooming?
- What do I say to other staff or clients?
- I work in a facility with separate male and female bathrooms and/or bedrooms. Where does my client belong?
- My religion is opposed to transgender people; what can I do?
- What else should I know?
- How do I find out more?
- What’s the most important thing I need to remember?
The 3-page document is available at http://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/resources/resource.cfm?r=510
If you are an LGBT person giving care to a partner, parent, or someone else, you should know that there is a national LGBT telephone support group available through SAGE (New York).
That’s just one of the LGBT caregiver resources discussed in an American Society on Aging Aging Today Online article, “What’s Different about LGBT Caregiving?” The other resources include:
For more information about the caregiver telephone support group, email caregiving [at] sageusa [dot] org
One of the key components of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging’s training curriculum is ample discussion of the types and amounts of discrimination and violence those who are now LGBT older adults faced when they were younger. Another way of getting familiar with what older LGBT people experienced is by looking at what’s still happening now with the most marginalized among LGBT people.
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging (NRC) has announced its second annual survey, available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NRC_LGBT_Aging2012
The survey, which should take about 10 minutes to answer, asks about what NRC services you’ve used, what LGBT aging services you’re involved in or know of, what preparations you’ve made for your own aging, and what work you’d like to see NRC do in the future. Survey respondents may separately add their name to a drawing for a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate.
|The following is the 2011 “Gennys,” awarded by the people behind Gen Silent: Continue reading
Over its 30-year history, the face of HIV/AIDS has changed. Today more than one-quarter of people living with HIV/AIDS are over age 50. That percentage should hit 50% around 2017. Although many of these people contracted HIV as young adults and are living longer due to improved medications, it is critical to note that about 15% of all new HIV infections occur in people over 50. Older adults – of any sexual orientation or gender identity — are rarely targeted in safer sex and injection efforts.
In honor of the National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging (NRCLA) has launched a new online resource collection related to HIV and LGBT older adults. The whole collection can currently be accessed at http://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/resources/index.cfm
Highlights of the collection include:
Most civil rights movements take place over many decades, meaning that the early activists often don’t live long enough to reap the fruits of their labors: U.S. voting rights for women were called for in 1848, at the Seneca Falls Convention, for example, but the 19th Amendment didn’t pass until 1920.
I therefore feel especially privileged to have lived long enough to see the massive changes the Obama Administration has wrought in the federal government’s treatment of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) citizens. Unfortunately, most of these changes have been “under the radar” and haven’t addressed the major legislation many LGBT activists are most concerned about – the formal repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act, and passage of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act – so the Administration hasn’t gotten the credit it deserves. But for those of us who have been working for these changes for decades, the new policies and practices are nothing short of miraculous. In this article, we’ll discuss what’s happened and the probable ramifications these changes will have for those who work with abused and at-risk elders and disabled adults.
First, let’s time travel back to 1996. Continue reading