Last week I prepared an essay about LGBT aging, entitled Avoiding becoming part of Gen Silent. Tonight's dairy continues on that theme.
Interspersed with some other news about LGBT seniors will be some videos of some of us. History has proved that the way to get people interested in a cause is to put faces on the cause.
So the diary is video-heavy. Be forewarned. I divided the different stories, which come from Portland, New York City, San Diego, Philadelphia and Iowa City, from each other by use of the videos.
On Saturday, May 21, will be the Gay and Grey Expo in Portland, OR, sponsored by the Friendly House and the QCenter, featuring no-cost health consultations and fitness evaluations, with breakout sessions about gay-friendly social activities, housing resources, and financial issues, a trade fair, music, and food. There will be a Pre-Expo "Senior Prom" and party on Friday, preceding Saturday's Gay and Grey Day, as declared by Oregon Gov, John Kitzhaber.
|Connecting People Who Care with Causes that Matter|
Sure I'm for helping the elderly. I'm going to be old myself some day."
-- Lillian Carter, in her 80s
Also, you could download a pdf of an article by Diane L. Persson, entitled Unique Challenges of Transgender Aging: Implications from the Literature
Transgender persons face a number of particular concerns as they age. They often do not access adequate health care, affordable housing, and other social services that they need. Social isolation, ageism, transphobia, homophobia, and existing regulations act as barriers to further segregate this often invisible minority. As they grow older, they enter a world of services that may not be familiar with transgendered people.