They’re the ‘Greatest Generation’ of our movement: LGBT elders who fought and courageously survived through, Stonewall, the rise of the HIV epidemic, and countless backlashes. Now in their ‘golden years,’ however, they often face more significant challenges than straight or cisgender elders and those living without HIV. They are far more likely to face the challenges as they age without the support of a partner or children; are far more likely to have a disabling condition; and more likely to live in poverty. They also face the prospect of having to ‘re-closet’ if they need to enter a nursing home. In this session, you will learn legislative and litigation strategies to advocate with and for your LGBT elders in your own community, on the local and state level. We will discuss cutting-edge model legislation for getting your state Office on Aging to target resources specifically at the needs of LGBT and HIV positive elders. We will also discuss model legislation for creating a ‘Bill of Rights’ specifically for LGBT and HIV positive nursing home residents, to strengthen protections against discrimination in those settings. Finally, we will provide an update on recent litigation efforts to protect LGBT and HIV positive older people.
Speakers: M. Geron Gadd (AARP Foundation); Murray Scheel (Whitman-Walker Legal Services); Shelly Skeen (Lambda Legal); Aaron Tax (SAGE USA)
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