Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Older LGBT Adults - 8/15/12

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Today's show I interviewed Kathleen LaTosch, the special projects consultant for Affirmations, about a very interesting topic, and probably not one that's on your radar: LGBT older adults. The elderly community itself is something that younger generations sometimes don't think much about (until they are part of it), but everyone needs to do their part to make their issues known.

Older LGBT adults have a lot of problems not only with housing, but with typical aging services, such as retirement homes, assisted living, hospice, etc. These are major issues for heterosexual adults, but for LGBT individuals, it can create a whole host of problems. Maybe they're severely closeted, and don't trust others to come into their home for fear of being outed. Maybe they are living with a partner, but cannot live in the same retirement community because of discrimination (which is allowed in Michigan by the way).

Please realize that this could be an older person that you know. Maybe someone at your church or temple. Maybe it's your next door neighbor. An important point that I want to make is that simply talking about the issues can solve the problem, and can make people more aware. If you know an older person, have them take this survey. I also have it linked below. This can help change the discrimination we face in Michigan, and discrimination specifically faced by older LGBT individuals.

Useful Links:
  1. LGBT Older Adult Coalition
  2. LGBT Needs Survey
  3. Affirmations of Ferndale, MI
  4. Relevant article from the New York Times
Music you heard:
  1. "Easy Living" by Billie Holiday
  2. "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" by Louis Armstrong
  3. "To the Gateway" from Super Mario Galaxy OST
Tune in next week! And don't be shy about leaving a comment or shooting us an e-mail! We love e-mails!

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