ACL: Proud to Serve and Support LGBTQ+ Older Adults

June 16, 2021
By Brian Altman, J.D., Deputy Director for the Administration on Aging

President Biden’s LGBTQ Pride Month Proclamation noted “many LGBTQ+ seniors, who faced discrimination and oppression throughout their lives, are isolated and need support and elder care.” At ACL, we are committed to ensuring that LGBTQ+ older adults receive the services and supports they need and deserve. 

ACL has a long history of working on behalf of LGBTQ+ older Americans. 

  • For more than fifteen years, ACL has stated that “isolation due to sexual orientation or gender identity may restrict a person’s ability to perform normal daily tasks or live independently” and therefore LGBTQ+ older adults should be targeted for services and supports because they meet the Older Americans Act definition of “greatest social need.” 
     
  • Since 2010, ACL has supported the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging to provide technical assistance aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to LGBTQ+ older adults.
     
  • Over the years, ACL has funded grants and produced informational materials specific to older adults living with HIV/AIDS

However, ACL and the aging network can and must do more.  ACL is taking the following steps to ensure LGBTQ+ older adults are heard, understood, and treated equitably.

As we celebrate Pride Month during June, ACL hopes you will join us in looking for ways we can improve support for LGBTQ+ older adults. Take time to celebrate and engage LGBTQ+ older adults in your community. Listen and learn from them about the discrimination they’ve faced and how they have persevered. Invite them to work with you to explore ways we can improve our outreach and ensure that they feel welcome in our programs. With a shared commitment and a focused effort on equity and inclusion of all older adults, we can ensure that we are providing the services and supports they need.

 


Last modified on 06/16/2021


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