The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Center has posted a new YouTube video with professionally-edited snippets (and background music) from 10 older lesbians and gay men, available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDOdv792rBA
Those interviewed include a lesbian couple who has been together 63 years and at least four other people in their 80s. The topics they cover include coming out to parents and family members, feeling like “I’m the only one,” Stonewall, caretaking for a dying ex-partner, and how hard it is to come out when you’ve lived “two lives” all your life, complete with different names for each. It’s well worth a watch.
SAGE has launched a wonderful new online resource, SAGE Story, a new national storytelling initiative for lesbian, gay, bisexaul and transgender (LGBT) older adults.
The project, headquartered online at http://sageusa.org/programs/sagestory.cfm, was launched to “create a national voice on aging issues shaped by the insights and actions of LGBT older people. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the storytelling skills — and draw on the unique life experiences — of LGBT elders to diversify the public narratives on aging, long-term care and LGBT rights. Four sections highlight different story-telling methods:
- “See” features still pictures of LGBT older adults holding up hand-drawn signs that (at least currently) answer the question, “What would help you live a joyful and healthy life as you age”?
- “Watch” is a collection of short videos on a range of topics.
- “Listen” are audio-only podcasts of individuals’ stories.
- “Read” features written opinion pieces and much more.
The project actively solicits submissions, and SAGE is rolling out (first in New York, then nationwide) skillbuilding workshops to help older adults contribute. “We will also partner with storytelling experts and policy-based organizations to bring these stories into the current public and political conversations.”
George Stewart, a volunteer with SAGE Harlem, has won one of six coveted spots in a White House LGBT Pride Mionth Champions of Change Video Challenge, and your vote can help him win!
The campaign aims to “feature stories of unsung heroes and local leaders who are making an impact in their communities.” You can vote until midnight, Monday, June 25, 2012 by going to http://www.whitehouse.gov//lgbtvideochallenge. Let’s make the White House know how important LGBT elder issues are to our community!
Looking for a quick video that makes the case for Social Security survivor benefits for same-sex couples? Alice might be who you’re looking for.
Alice Herman, age 76, was interviewed by ABC News on the day President Obama announced his support of same-sex marriage. In the video, which includes many pictures of her 45 years with her late spouse, she talks about the pain of being denied Social Secuirty death benefits for her. The video is available at http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/A-Widow-Celebrates-President-Obamas-Change-of-Heart-151051855.html
The Administration on Aging (AoA) has rolled out a new set of tools designed to educate both gay and straight older adults about the risks of HIV/AIDS.
The Toolkit, Know the RISKS, Get the FACTS, is available at http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/AoA_Programs/HPW/HIV_AIDS/toolkit.aspx. Materials include:
While I am delighted to see the much-needed materials and the open inclusion of gay men, the suggestions about how often to get tested address only women and gay men (what’s the recommendation for straight men?) and ignore lesbians altogether. We’ve still got work to do.
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:
What are LGBT older adults experiencing in long-term (LTC) care facilities? That was the question asked by a coalition of LGBT and/or aging organizations in a national survey answered by 769 people, 284 of them LGBT older adults. Continue reading
It has nothing to do with aging or LGBT issues, but a new website can give you quick, easy tips on how to get more out of your computer use.
www.TeachParentsTech.org is a website created by a group of 20-somethings who work at Google, and provides 30 to 90 second videos that can teach you things from “How to know if an email is real” to “How to check the weather.” I reviewed a half-dozen videos, and in less than 10 minutes learned several tricks I’ll be using on a daily basis. Only one video went too fast for me, although when each video is done, it automatically provides you a “view again” button that might help you get the things you missed the first time. The presentation format is very simple: one person against a solid color background, plus screen shots that show you what to do as the narrator explains the steps.
Some of the videos you might want to check out: How to get public transportation directions; How to resize a picture or crop photos; How to find a pizza restaurant near you, and How to get live traffic updates. (By the way, if you want a laugh, check out “How to Create a FAT32 Hard Drive Partition.”)
Get out your tissues before you watch this YouTube video. It shows Derence and Ed, who have been together 40 years. Ed has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and seems to be rapidly losing his memory. In this 2-minute video, the two discuss why they want the law changed to allow them to marry, soon enough so that Ed can “remember the service and our commitments.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8nTy0e8mj4&feature=youtu.be