Hearing Held In Mass. on Creation of LGBT Elder Commission

boston.com reports that MassEquality and the LGBT Aging Project met with lawmakers on Boston’s Beacon Hill April 9, 2013 to lobby for the creation of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Elder Commission:

“Last year, the Patrick Administration issued a directive to elder service agencies in Massachusetts requiring them to do targeted outreach to LGBT elders. We know that many of these elders are reluctant to come out to caregivers and they frequently go without help, even when sick, rather than turn to aging service providers for assistance,” said MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini. “Now we would like lawmakers to take the next step and create this Commission that will serve to further identify ways we can meet the needs of this vulnerable population.”

“Despite having an excellent elder care system in Massachusetts, we frequently encounter providers who claim they don’t have any LGBT constituents,” said LGBT Aging Project Executive Director Lisa Krinsky. “There is a great need for this Commission so we can learn more about this invisible population and their unique experiences and needs in order to ensure that LGBT elders feel safe and comfortable.”

Multiple surveys distributed by SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders), the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the LGBT Aging Project have shown that LGBT elders have a great need for services to help them to continue living independently as they age, but that they are also unlikely to request such services:

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