Resources for Older LGBT Persons -

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender


The Center for Positive Aging has compiled a resource list of valuable website links we hope will provide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults and their families with the knowledge needed to help navigate the maze of LGBT information available today. We hope that this information will help interested individuals find community products and services needed to assist in successful aging. Please note that this resource list is meant only for information purposes and it is not exhaustive or all-inclusive.


Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) Atlanta

SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. SAGE has pioneered programs and services for the aging LGBT community, provided technical assistance and training to expand opportunities for LGBT older people across the country, and provided a national voice on LGBT aging issues.


The Phillip Rush Center:

Address: 1530 Dekalb Ave, Suite A Atlanta, GA 30307

Phone: 404-226-6737

E-mail: info@sageatl.org

Website: www.rushcenteratl.org

SAGE Atlanta Website: www.sageatl.org

SAGE USA Website: www.sageusa.org


LGBT Aging Resources Clearinghouse of the American Society on Aging (ASA)

The LGBT Aging Resources Clearinghouse of the American Society on Aging opens the door to knowledge about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people ages 50-plus. Whether you're an elder, a young person, a caregiver, a student, a researcher, a policymaker, a journalist, or a helping professional, the clearinghouse offers you the keys to understanding and respect for LGBT elders.


Visit www.asaging.org to learn more about LGBT Aging Resources Clearinghouse at ASA.


Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network (LGAIN) a constituent group of the American Society on Aging. The LGBT Aging Issues Network works to raise awareness about the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders and about the unique barriers they encounter in gaining access to housing, healthcare, long-term care and other needed services.


Visit www.asaging.org/lain to learn more about LGAIN.



National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation

The Task Force works on several fronts to ensure that the needs of LGBT elders are not ignored. LGBT people face a number of particular challenges as they age. They often do not have access to adequate health care, affordable housing and other social services that they need due to institutionalized heterosexism and transphobia. Mainstream senior providers have limited information or training in how to appropriately work with and serve our diverse communities. Existing regulations and proposed policy changes in programs like Social Security or Medicare, which impact millions of LGBT elders, are discussed without our views and interests as part of the debate.


Visit www.thetaskforce.org/issues/aging to learn more about the Task Force.


Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC)

Old Lesbians Organizing for Change is a national network of Old Lesbians over age 60 working to make life better for Old Lesbians through support networks and by confronting ageism in our communities and our country using education and public discourse as primary tools.


Visit www.oloc.org to learn more about the OLOC network.



Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) LGBT Caring Community Online Support Group

Family Caregiver Alliance seeks to improve the quality of life for caregivers through education, services, research and advocacy. The LGBT Caring Community Online Support Group offers a place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender caregivers of adults with chronic health problems to discuss the unique issues of caring for their loved ones.


Visit www.caregiver.org to learn more about the Family Caregiver Alliance or

Click here for more about the FCA LGBT Caring Community Online Support Group.


Eldercare Locator (Find help in your community!)

The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) and is the first step to finding resources for older adults in any U.S. community. The service links those who need assistance with state and local area agencies on aging and community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers.


Call 1-800-677-1116 to contact Eldercare Locator or

Visit www.eldercare.gov to learn more about Eldercare resources in your community.



CenterLink (LGBT Community Centers)

CenterLink was founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. The organization has played an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT centers across the country and addressing the challenges they face, by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources.


Visit www.lgbtcenters.org/resources.aspx to learn more about CenterLink in Georgia.


National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Established in 2010 through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults. The center is led by Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) in partnership with 10 leading organizations from around the country.


Visit www.lgbtagingcenter.org/resources/index.cfm to learn more.



GRIOT (Gay Reunion In Our Time)

GRIOT (Gay Reunion In Our Time) Circle is a grassroots organization which seeks to address the needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) citizens, particularly people of color, though we are open to all races. It is their mission to counteract conditions damaging to members of the LGBT community by maintaining a safe space for these Elders, alleviating their feelings of isolation and fear, and providing programs and support systems designed to affirm their lives and encourage self-empowerment.


Visit www.griotcircle.org to learn more about GRIOT.


LGBT Aging Project

The LGBT Aging Project a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders have equal access to the life-prolonging benefits, protections, services and institutions. The LGBT Aging Project’s work is focused in Massachusetts, but they are also founding members of the National Roundtable on LGBT Aging, hosted by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF – The Task Force) which allows them to collaborate with colleagues throughout the country and address national policy issues together.


Visit www.lgbtagingproject.org to learn more about the LGBT Aging Project.



Caring and Aging with Pride

Caring and Aging with Pride is a ground-breaking project designed to better understand the aging and health needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults 50 years of age and older. Their goal is to understand the wellness and health needs of these communities so they have information and are prepared to address the aging needs of LGBT elders now and for generations to come. The project is funded through a major federal grant through the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and will generate new knowledge on health and aging across these diverse communities.


Visit www.caringandaging.org to learn more about Caring and Aging with Pride.


Forge/Transgender Aging Network (TAN)

The Transgender Aging Network (TAN) work primarily to improve the lives of current and future trans/SOFFA (significant others, friends, family and allies) elders.


Visit www.forge-forward.org/aging/ to learn more about TAN and TAN projects.



Gray Pride Parade (Blog About LGBT Aging)

Caring and Aging with Pride is a ground-breaking project designed to better understand the aging and health needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults 50 years of age and older. Their goal is to understand the wellness and health needs of these communities so they have information and are prepared to address the aging needs of LGBT elders now and for generations to come. The project is funded through a major federal grant through the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and will generate new knowledge on health and aging across these diverse communities.


Visit www.grayprideparade.com to read Gray Pride Parade blog.


Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative

The Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of lesbians and other members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community through education, advocacy, support and access to care. The Health Initiative offers a wide array of programs addressing cancer and other chronic diseases, as well as health education, health promotion, and advocacy for cultural competence in the healthcare community in the greater metropolitan area and beyond. Their most recent accomplishment is their new online health assessment. Women who take the health assessment receive a personal report identifying areas they can focus on to develop and maintain a healthier lifestyle, as well as resources to help them do so.


Visit www.thehealthinitiative.org/programs.php to learn more about the Health Initiative.



Georgia Equality (GE)

GE was founded in 1995. As Georgia's largest statewide LGBT advocacy group, they work toward their mission to advance fairness, safety and opportunity for Georgia's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied communities through two partner organizations: Georgia Equality, Inc. and the Equality Foundation of Georgia.


Visit www.georgiaequality.org/resources to learn more about Georgia Equality.


MEGA Family Project in Georgia

The MEGA Family Project is a nonpartisan, statewide organization dedicated to providing support, education, and advocacy work on behalf of LGBT families. MEGA puts on monthly educational and social activities to strengthen the LGBT Family Community in Georgia. The organization is based in the Metro Atlanta area, but travels throughout the state to provide programs, education, and advocacy work on behalf of LGBT families.


Visit www.megafamilyproject.org/informed/resources to learn more about MEGA in Georgia.



Family Equality Council

Family Equality Council works to ensure equality for LGBT families by building community, changing hearts and minds, and advancing social justice for all families. Originally called the Gay Fathers Coalition, in 1986 this fathers’ group expanded to include lesbian moms, prompting a name change to the Gay and Lesbian Parents Coalition International (GLPCI). In 2007, in order to better capture the full breadth and scope of their work and their collective vision of a world that treats all loving families equally, the name was changed to Family Equality Council.


Visit www.familyequality.org to learn more about the Family Equality Council.


Arcus Foundation

The Arcus Foundation is a leading global foundation advancing pressing social justice issues. Specifically, Arcus works to advance LGBT equality through five program areas: International Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Rights, National LGBT Rights, Michigan LGBT Rights, Religion and Values, and Racial Justice, Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity.


Visit www.arcusfoundation.org/socialjustice to learn more about the Arcus Foundation.



Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)

The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association is the world's largest and oldest association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health care professionals. GLMA was founded in 1981 as the American Association of Physicians for Human Rights with the mission of ensuring equality in health care for LGBT individuals and health care professionals.


Visit www.glma.org/index to learn more about GLMA.


Lambda Legal

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.


Lambda Southern Regional Office:

Address: 1447 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 1004 Atlanta, GA 30309

Phone: 404-897-1880

www.lambdalegal.org/issues/seniors



National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

NCLR is a non-profit, public interest law firm which litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels; advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community; provides free legal assistance to LGBT people and their legal advocates; and conducts community education on LGBT legal issues.


Visit www.nclrights.org to learn more about NCLR.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) New Guidelines to Support LGBT Health

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2011 recommended actions to improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities as well as recommendations for future action. The recommendations were developed in response to the Presidential Memorandum on Hospital Visitation, which, in addition to addressing the rights of patients to designate visitors regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, directed the Secretary to explore additional steps HHS could take to improve the lives of LGBT people.


Visit www.hhs.gov/secretary/about/lgbthealth.html to read a summary.



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