Nov 20, 2017

Struggles of LGBTQ Refugees Highlighted in New Photo Series

By Sierra C. Jackson

Awarding-winning photographer Steven Laxton and New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center recently launched “Free to Be Me,” a photo and essay series featuring the stories of 20 LGBTQ refugees living in the Unites States. Those profiled in the series have fled their homes out of fear of being persecuted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity or to escape politically or economically unstable regions. All but one of those featured in the series are clients of Immigration Equality, an advocacy group that provides free legal services to LGBTQ immigrants.

»Read the rest of the article at NBC News

»See all 20 photos at the Immigration Equality website

July 5, 2019

Dual Stigma: HIV Positive and Over Fifty

By Grace Birnstengel

HIV/AIDS used to be considered a disease of the young. In the early 1980s, when doctors first reported cases of HIV, nearly 70% of diagnoses were among people under 40.

Fast forward four decades later and more than 50% of Americans with HIV are now over 50. And by 2020 that number is expected to reach 65% to 70%. This is largely due to major medical improvements in the effectiveness of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) in suppressing the virus and transforming HIV from an often fatal disease into a chronic condition, like diabetes or hypertension.

But health care, services and supports for Americans with HIV/AIDS hasn’t adapted its approaches to match this demographic shift. Prevention, testing and care efforts are focused on younger people…

»Read full article on nextavenue

June 28, 2019

LGBTQ Cancer Resources

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals are at greater risk for some cancers and may be less likely to access necessary and appropriate diagnostic and treatment resources. The cancer experience, in addition to the stigma around sexuality and/or gender for an LGBT person navigating the medical system, can have a negative effect on a person’s health, both physically and emotionally. Whether you are friend, family, partner, diagnosed patient or patient navigator, there is recent research to help you gain insight.

»LGBTQ CANCER RESOURCES

June 2019

Interview with Curt Beall

Curt BeallInterview by James Richardson
Senior Forum JUL-AUG 2019

A role model and advocate for people living with HIV, Curt speaks publicly about his experiences and furthers education about HIV. “You appreciate life so much more when you think life is coming to an end. I was given a second chance and choose to give back to my community.”
»READ INTERVIEW

June 2019

LGBTQ Struggle for Equality and Health Equity Continues

by Joyce Bolinger
Senior Forum JUL-AUG 2019

In May, the US House of Representatives voted 236-173 to pass the historic legislation to ensure protections against discrimination for LGBTQ+ people. Both the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) hailed the passage of the Equality Act, the first time a chamber of Congress has approved a comprehensive LGBTQ civil rights bill. However, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a final version of a regulation that would allow medical providers to cite their personal beliefs in refusing to provide a broad spectrum of services — including lifesaving care for LGBTQ patients.
»READ ARTICLE

May 22, 2019

‘Stonewall Generation’ Confronts Old Age, Sickness — And Discrimination

By JoNel Aleccia and Melissa Bailey

Two years ago, nursing professor Kim Acquaviva asked a group of home care nurses whether they thought she was going to hell for being a lesbian. It’s OK if you do, Acquaviva said, but is the afterlife within your scope of practice?

After Acquaviva’s talk, an older nurse announced she would change how she treats LGBTQ people under her care.

“I still think you’re going to hell, but I’m going to stop telling patients that,” the nurse told Acquaviva.

»Read full post on Kaiser Heatlth News

May/June 2019

One of Us

By Ashleigh Byrnes

At nearly six-and-a-half feet tall, Army veteran Sharon Herron towers over most people in a room and tells a war story as well as anyone. An imposing, yet warm and charismatic figure, Herron both is—and isn’t—like every other Vietnam veteran you’ve ever met.

That’s because in 2005, Herron transitioned from male to female…

»View full article in DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Magazine

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May 13, 2019

Be Med Smart!

Medication problems plague people of all ages as well as families, caregivers, and the entire health care system. Medication errors among older people cost about $177 billion each year. If such errors were counted as a disease, they would be the fifth leading cause of death for Americans over 65.

It’s also important to safely dispose of unused meds. The City of Tucson and Pima County provide permanent prescription drug drop boxes. DON’T put them in the trash or flush them down the toilet!
»Dispose-a-med info on City of Tucson website
»Dispose-a-med info on Pima County website

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Be Med Smart, Pima Council on Aging

April 15, 2019

HRC and SAGE Join to Improve the Lives of Older LGBTQ People

By Elliott Kozuch

HRC (Human Rights Campaign) Foundation and SAGE, the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ older adults, announced a historic partnership to fundamentally improve the experiences of LGBTQ older adults as they seek long-term care and services.

A centerpiece of the effort will be the Long-Term Care Equality Index (LEI), the first-ever nationwide assessment of how long-term care facilities are treating their LGBTQ residents. The new survey will build on the decade-plus success of the HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), which scores healthcare facilities on policies and practices ensuring the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.

»Read full article on Human Rights Campaign website

April 15, 2019

HRC and SAGE Join to Address Elder LGBTQ Long Term Care Issues

by Michael Adams and Jay Brown

HRC and SAGE are announcing a historic partnership to make long-term care more inclusive of LGBTQ older adults. Made possible in part by a generous seed grant from Ted Snowdon and Duffy Violante, we are creating a Long-Term Care Equality Index (LEI), the first-ever nationwide assessment of how well long-term care facilities are treating their LGBTQ residents. We are also launching a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the specific needs of LGBTQ elders…

»read full article in the Advocate

February 15, 2019

‘Aging Gayfully’ class a road map for the LGBTQI community

Diane Peterson
The Press Democrat

The late actress Bette Davis has been credited with the old adage: “Old age ain’t no place for sissies.”

If you’re part of the LGBTQ community, growing older can be even more challenging, with common issues such as loneliness and loss multiplied by a reluctance to access services that could help ease the pain.

“We feel we’re unworthy, and we are used to hiding,” said Gary “Buz” Hermes of Sonoma, who works as an LGBTQ aging consultant. “If you were bullied in school by your peers, you may not feel comfortable going to a yoga class or a life experience writing class at a senior center. Will I be judged and intimidated?”

In his “Aging Gayfully” class at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa, Hermes uses several tools he’s developed — such as reflection, forgiveness, gratitude and humor — to help empower LGBT elders with optimal aging strategies and to encourage them to access senior services. The discussions are aimed at helping people transition into their final act…

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February 17, 2019

Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Caregivers in the LGBT Community

Caring for a spouse, partner, close friend, or family member is one of the most important roles you’ll play. As our loved ones age it’s likely a matter of when, not if, they will need our help. Nearly 44 million Americans—1 in 5 adults— are caregivers for a relative or friend over age 50.1 It may start with driving your loved one to get groceries or going to the doctor. Later, you may find yourself taking more time off from work, preparing meals, or handling bills.

If your loved one identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), you will likely face extra challenges around caregiving. LGBT older adults are twice as likely to be single and four times less likely to have children than their non-LGBT counterparts. Many are estranged from their biological families which means they’re less likely to have the traditional caregiver support that many older adults rely on…

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