SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A city ordinance prohibiting discrimination against senior lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender San Franciscans by long-term care facilities and nursing homes was unanimously approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
The LGBT Senior Long Term Care Facilities Bill of Rights Ordinance, introduced by San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener, who represents the Castro neighborhood as well as the rest of District 8, was the result of a recommendation by San Francisco’s LGBT Aging Task Force.
The ordinance will prohibit discrimination against LGBT residents by long-term care facilities and put in place protocols regarding aging LGBT populations.
Those populations will not only be protected from discrimination under state law, but by city law as well.
Wiener said the ordinance would require care facilities to fulfill certain requirements when caring for LGBT or HIV-positive residents, including designating an LGBT liaison, who will undergo periodic training.
The ordinance will also require facilities to respect residents’ wishes to be addressed by the pronouns of their choice.
Based on the task force’s recommendation, the ordinance also ensures that requests by two residents to share a room will not be denied and will forbid room reassignments made as a result of a complaint about another resident’s sexual orientation or gender identity.