You’re a lawyer who works with LGBT older people, and you are wondering what the legal and policy horizons look like for them. In this session, we will discuss the current rights LGBT older people have in housing (including long term care settings), health care, and federal safety net programs (like Social Security, SSI, Medicare and Medicaid). We will also address challenges LGBT older people face in accessing aging services and supports, and opportunities for overcoming those challenges through advocacy and policy change. What could the Equality Act mean for them? What is the Older Americans Act and how could that be updated to help them? We will review our victories over the past year, how the current Administration is still attempting to roll back hard-won rights, and what you and your clients can do to fight back. We will then open the floor and tackle audience questions about the intersection of LGBT-specific rights and aging.
Location: Room 411
Speakers: Sydney Kopp-Richardson (SAGE USA); Karen Loewy (Lambda Legal); Richard Milstein (Akerman LLP); Randall Shorr (Randall B. Shorr, Attorney at Law); Aaron Tax (SAGE USA)