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Much needs to be done to ensure older LGBT adults can age with dignity. Many older LGBT adults face health problems or live with chronic health conditions at a time when they are least equipped to endure discrimination and social stigma. Health-care and human-services providers need to be culturally competent to meet the needs of LGBT older adults and to create inclusive, welcoming services. Sexual-orientation and gender-identity (SOGI) data collection is one step providers can use to identify and meet the needs of LGBT consumers.

You can find additional resources and services for LGBT older adults at www.lgbtelderinitiative.org. To contribute additional resources, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 215-720-9415.

Office sought: U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania

Party: Democrat

McGinty is a Northeast Philadelphia native who earned a law degree from Columbia Law School and went on to serve as a White House advisor on environmental issues under then-President Bill Clinton. She served as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and later chief of staff to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.

 

Office sought: U.S. Representative for the Seventh District

Party: Democrat

A native of the Seventh District, Balchunis taught political science at La Salle University for more than two decades, and is the former executive director of The Resource Center for Human Services and assistant to the mayor. She is vying to diversify Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation, which is currently comprised of all men. For more information, visit www.balchunis2016.com

Office sought: Pennsylvania Attorney General

Party: Democrat

Shapiro is the chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, on which he has sat since 2012. Previously, he represented the 153rd District in the state House of Representatives. For more information, visit www.joshshapiro.org.

Office sought: Pennsylvania Treasurer

Party: Democrat

Torsella, a Montgomery County resident, said he would bring his local, state and international experience as a fiscal watchdog to the Treasurer’s Office. He served as deputy mayor for policy and planning under Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell in the early 1990s, founding president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, chair of the State Board of Education and, from 2011-14, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for Management and Reform. For more information, visit www.joetorsella.com.

Office sought: Pennsylvania Auditor General

Party: Democrat

Auditor General DePasquale is pursuing a second term as the state’s top fiscal watchdog, a position he has held since 2013. He represented the 95th District in the state House of Representatives from 2007-13. For more information, visit www.eugene4pa.com.

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