Resources for LGBTQ Elders

We all hope to be welcome when we walk through a door, yet we know LGBT older adults fear, and sometimes receive, poor service and abuse when looking for help. Training to Serve originally developed the LGBT Aging Resource Guide in 2014 to help people looking for LGBT-welcoming services for themselves, a loved one, or a client.

The Guide is not meant to endorse or guarantee the sensitivity of any provider. Services are listed because providers filled out a survey on the inclusiveness of their services. There was no fee to appear in the Guide. The TTS logo is next to any provider that had at least one staff member attend a TTS session in the past.

Click here to review Minnesota Department of Health statistics on HIV and Minnesotans ages 50 and older.

General Resources

Senior LinkAge Line®
The Senior LinkAge Line® is the Minnesota Board on Aging's free statewide information and assistance service. The Senior LinkAge Line® service is provided by six Area Agencies on Aging that cover all 87 counties of Minnesota and helps connect you to local services. Call 1-800-333-2433 or visit www.minnesotahelp.info

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.

25 Lessons on Successful Aging
SAGE's Successful Aging initiative provides lessons and resources to imagine this type of vibrant life at any age, one in which we also live and leave behind meaningful personal legacies.

Caregiving

After DOMA
The Supreme Court’s historic ruling striking down Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is an enormous victory for loving, married couples and their families, and affirms that they deserve equal treatment under the law. Read the introductory FAQ.

Employment

Employment Discrimination and LGBT Seniors
For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) seniors, finding, keeping, and advancing in good jobs can be a challenge. LGBT seniors may confront both age-related bias and anti-LGBT bias in the workplace, which can leave them even more vulnerable than those of their counterparts who share, and therefore face discrimination based on, only one of those characteristics. Legal protections against workplace discrimination based on age, sexual orientation, and gender identity have expanded dramatically in many places across the United States, and LGBT seniors can access these legal tools to protect their rights in the workplace.

Legal

Take the Power - Are You Prepared?
What kind of long-range vision do you have for your future and that of your loved ones? Have you taken the necessary legal and financial planning measures to protect that vision? Answer the following life planning questions to find out how prepared you really are—or what life planning issues you need to start thinking about now.

After DOMA
The Supreme Court’s historic ruling striking down Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is an enormous victory for loving, married couples and their families, and affirms that they deserve equal treatment under the law. Read the introductory FAQ.

Long-Term Care (Nursing Homes)

Residents' Rights and the LGBT Community
The federal 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law requires nursing homes to “protect and promote the rights of each resident” emphasizing individual dignity and self-determination in the provision of long-term care. Every nursing home accepting Medicare and/or Medicaid must meet federal requirements, including those regarding residents’ rights.

Social Organizations

G.L.E.A.M. (Gay & Lesbian Elders Active in MN)
A group for the 50+ GLBT community that enhances quality of life by providing safe environments for socialization. For more information about G.L.E.A.M. email gleam1000@msn.com or call 651-489-8306.

OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change)
OLOC provides older lesbians with opportunities to meet like-minded women in a common struggle to confront ageism and to share mutual interests. OLOC offers a quarterly newsletter as well as national gatherings.

Prime Timers
The purpose of Prime Timers is to provide mature gay and bisexual men with opportunities to come together in a supportive atmosphere to enjoy social, educational and recreational activities. There is a monthly newsletter that offers a wealth of announcements about the monthly general meeting of the organization as well as special interest activities (book clubs, etc).