Gettin' On

Gettin’ On examines topics of interest and importance to all members of the LGBT communities as we age. LGBT older adults have faced lifetimes of discrimination, stigmatization, marginalization, and criminalization. As a result, we face unique issues and challenges to aging successfully. Gettin’ On focuses on those issues and highlights resources and solutions that will help all members of the communities to age successfully at every age.

If you are over 50 and have HIV, you are not unique. Almost half of Americans living with HIV/AIDS are over 50. But, because you are in that age group, you do face some unique health issues versus younger people with HIV. Here are some things you should know. 

Recently we celebrated Independence Day, marking the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed: July 4, 1776.

In 1972, I went to Trafalgar Square in London with a trans friend to march to Hyde Park with the Gay Liberation Front. At that time, it was illegal for a same-sex couple to kiss in public. Life was difficult for trans folk like myself: You could be arrested for “walking while trans,” so I approached the event with some trepidation.

Lifetimes of discrimination and stigmatization put LGBT older adults at risk for social isolation, generally considered to be an involuntary lack of contact with others.

What comes to mind when you think about long-term care (LTC)? Chances are, you are imagining a nursing home with endless games of bingo, bad food, wheelchairs, bed pans and less-than four-star care.

The story has been told for thousands of years: A man and a pregnant woman, an unmarried couple, arrive in town and find no room at the inn.

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