Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) is gaining increasing attention within long-term care, health care and aging in general. The Department of Health and Human services awarded a grant to create a LGBT aging resource center. A new documentary was made on LGBT discrimination in health and long-term care settings. Now the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute has issued their Outing Age 2010: Public Policy Issues Affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Elders report (download below).
I’m not all that familiar with LGBT policy issues or concerns, but I’m familiar with aging policy, and from that angle the 165-page report at least seems thorough and well thought out. The report touches on a variety of topics including:
- Discrimination and Access to Services
- Financial and Family Security
- Caregiving, Social Isolation, and Housing
- Civic Engagement, Lifelong Learning and Elders in the Workplace
Under each topic listed above are sub-topics and corresponding policy recommendations to address problems or potential problems. The report recognizes from the outset that very little research on LGBT people at the state and federal level is almost non-existent. This makes writing a quality, quantifiable policy report difficult to do; but the report calls attention to that issue and adds to the body of LGBT policy literature.