As you may or may not know, www.GrayPrideParade.com is sponsored by FORGE, which also sponsors the Transgender Aging Network and our now 15-year-old peer support listserve for trans people age 50+, ElderTG.
Two of our most illustrious ElderTG members, Robyn and Emery Walters, are the stars of a long feature article in the most recent edition of The Gay & Lesbian Review. Check out their pre- and post-transition pictures and life stories in, “Portrait of a Transgender Marriage,” at http://www.glreview.org/article/portrait-of-a-transgender-marriage-2/
If you are interested in subscribing to ElderTG or to our sister listserve for professionals and others who are interested in transgender aging issues, email LoreeCD [at] aol [dot] com
FORGE’s Transgender Aging Network, in partnership with the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging (NRCLA), is very pleased to announce the publication of new materials on LGBT elder abuse, available at http://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/resources/resources.cfm?s=5
One of the new publications, “A Self-Help Guide for LGBT Older Adults and their Caregivers and Loved Ones: Preventing, Recognizing, and Addressing Elder Abuse” (http://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/resources/pdfs/SELF-HELP_elderAbuse_Guide.pdf), is the first comprehensive article on the topic written specifically for the LGBT community. The second new publication, “Identifying and Assisting LGBT Elder Abuse Clients: A Guide for Abuse Professionals” (http://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/resources/pdfs/Assisting_LGBT_Elder_Abuse_clients.pdf), is designed for professionals who address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation issues, focusing on what they need to know about LGBT victims.
Both articles are part of a new “Elder Abuse” section in NRCLA’s comprehensive online Resource Center. Other available materials include webcasts, LGBT-specific domestic violence fact sheets and articles, a study of problems LGBT people face in long-term care facilities, a guide for attorneys representing LGBT domestic violence victims, and much more.
A new blog post, “How well does bereavement counselling in the UK provide for the particular needs of trans people?” (at http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellor-articles/how-well-does-bereavement-counselling-in-the-uk-provide-for-the-particular-need) gives us the opportunity to point out two other relevant resources.
One is an older FORGE Transgender Aging Network first-person article, “FTM Post-Mortem,” that has been recently reformatted and illustrated with photographs and uploaded to the FORGE website at http://forge-forward.org/wp-content/docs/FTM-post-mortem.pdf
The other is a very useful resource that we had previously missed and the blog post alerted us to. It’s entitled “Bereavement: A guide for transsexual, tansgender people and loved ones.” Although it was written for the UK and discusses specific UK laws, it includes advice for loved ones and coroners, etc. that would be good even if you live elsewhere. It’s available at
Diane Persson, long-time member of the Transgender Aging Network and colleague of Houston’s late transgender/HIV activist Brenda Thomas, was pleased to send me a copy of her new article, “Unique Challenges of Transgender Aging: Implications From the Literature,” which has just been published in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 2009 (Vol. 52, pp. 633-646). (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01634370802609056 )
As the title implies, there’s no new data in this article, which is instead focused on using existing documents to build a transgender 101 for social workers new to transgender aging issues. The first section gives definitions; models the dimensions of biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation; and looks at prevalence estimates. This section does (very briefly) mention autogynephilia (a highly controversial and contested theory that calls male-to-female (MTF) transsexual women sexually attracted to men “homosexual” and says other MTFs are motivated by an “erotic desire to become women”) without noting the controversy around it.