In honor of Black History Month, the Bay Area Reporter has published an article entitled, “Black LGBT elders face isolation,” at http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=68482
The article interviews six Black or mixed-race LGBT people ranging in age from 40 to 64, and focuses heavily on the impact AIDS has had on this cohort. It also, however, contains a quote that speaks to “hidden” populations when they realize they are welcome somewhere:
“[Larry Saxxon] recalled being the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s first black social worker in the 1980s. ‘They said, “there may not be a lot of black clients, Larry,” Saxxon, who’s multi-racial, said. However he said, ‘The word came out, honey, and all of these black queens came flying in from the Tenderloin.'”
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.”
After many years of development and negotiation, the first affordable housing project in San Francisco to be funded by a trust fund approved by the voters in November will be an LGBT-focused housing development by Openhouse and Mercy Housing California.
The allocation of $6.1 million represents but a downpayment on the 110-unit project, which is estimated to cost $53 million in total. If the remaining funds can be secured, the first tenants may be able to move in in 2015.
For more information, see the Bay Area Reporterweblog at http://ebar.com/blogs/?p=5176
San Francisco’s project to build LGBT senior housing has hit a snag, the Bay Area Reporter reported this week.
The project, sponsored by openhouse, is designed to build 330 market-rate housing units on a site a block away from San Francisco’s LGBT Community Center. Many years in development, the current problem stems from a new proposal to revise the plan to eliminate 49 below-market-rate housing units, and instead pay the City $17 million, which would in turn be used to finance the project.
The modification has drawn the ire of housing advocates, who do not want to sacrifice new affordable housing units in a city that has extraordinarily high housing costs. It appears that part of the opposition may stem from a failure to keep community activists in the loop as changes were discussed, a lesson that may be of critical importance to other LGBT elder housing projects. The full article is available at http://ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=5830