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April 13, 2009

Getting Older In The Gay World

Ramon's Gay Life Blog

LGBT seniors are twice as likely to live alone than heterosexual seniors and more than four times as likely to have no children, according to SAGE, an advocacy and service organization for LGBT seniors. Some older/mature gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people also avoid seeking needed services out of fear of discrimination and many go back into the closest to avoid being in "vulnerable" situations.

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March 14, 2009

Coming out later in life

Long Island gay men and lesbians say learning to be true to themselves is not an easy matter.

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November 28, 2008

Speaking Out for a Group Once Unheard-Of: Aging With AIDS

In the early 1990s, a diagnosis of AIDS was both a likely death sentence and a stigma. There were few treatment options, and many Americans were terrified of people infected with H.I.V.

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October 06, 2008

Elderly gays forging new alliances

By The Associated Press

(New York City) Frank Carter was once a globe-trotting professional dancer; his world is smaller now. He battles multiple health problems, walks with a cane and rarely leaves his compact Manhattan apartment. As an 86-year-old gay man, with no family nearby and many acquaintances long since dead, he’d seem a likely prospect for isolation.

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September 01, 2008

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force

Our country is facing an impending and tremendous challenge as baby boomers start aging into their senior years. If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), the challenge is compounded because of widespread homophobia, transphobia, racial injustice and economic inequity. Currently there are an estimated 3 million LGBT elders in the United States. By 2030, that number will nearly double.

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June 01, 2008

Gay America Turns Gray

By Scott Stiffler - EDGE Contributor

LGBTs who are currently in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond have lived through most of their years during an era when the closet was the rule rather then the exception; they’ve seen the dawn of the modern gay rights movement and survived the AIDS crisis. Now, they’re becoming pioneers in yet another moment of queer cultural significance: the graying of gay America.

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May 14, 2008

Getting Old and Getting Along

By Arthur Y. Webb - Village Care of New York

Growing old, we all know, brings with it challenges, which vary with each individual and his or her personal circumstances. At some point, older adults and their families start to look around for help, Mac Senterfitt – Edward is his given name – was among the first to move into The Village at 46th & Ten, a residence that Village Care of New York opened in late 2001. The place was designed to accommodate seniors with a range of needs – from individuals able to live independently to those with assisted-living-level requirements.

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March 03, 2008

The perils of aging while gay

By Tomas Guerra, Special to

When Gayle had a stroke one Sunday evening nine years ago, she was rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center’s emergency room, Minnesota’s third largest hospital. But when Gayle (a senior trans woman) got there, she was told that in order to receive treatment, she would have to re-assume her old identity: She had to become Glen if she wanted to be helped.

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February 05, 2008

With HIV, growing older faster

By Mary Engel, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Larry Gibson first spotted Dennis Golay outside West Hollywood's French Market Place. By the time he was halfway across Santa Monica Boulevard, he'd fallen in love. It was Nov. 14, 1981 -- Golay's 34th birthday.

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October 16, 2007

Unique Housing Challenges for Seniors

HRC - Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equal Rights

When lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors need to turn to others for housing assistance, they often face three challenges: lack of family help, a shortage of welcoming housing and fear of discrimination and harassment.

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