LGBT Resource Page
Welcome to our information page on LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) resources. This is a developing page and we welcome additions and updates. Please submit them to Cynthia Rangoon Grant at Cynthia.firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, Justice In Aging has partnered with SAGE (Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Elders), the SHIP National Network (State Health Insurance Assistance Programs) and Administration for Community Living (ACL) to produce new fact sheets to help LGBT consumers learn about how recent changes in Medicare Law may affect them when accessing health care services.
The three fact sheets are:
LGBT Moveable Senior Center Expands to More Centers
Every community in Connecticut has a senior center – long recognized as a community focal point for access to information and referral, programs and services that supports people as they age to maintain independence, well-being and a satisfying life. We connect people to each other, to the community and to supports and services.
People who identify as LGBT may not access our Centers because they are not familiar with them, because of concerns about being stigmatized or not welcome or because we simply are not offering programs of interest. We are looking to reach out to the LGBT community and their Allies to encourage participation in the many benefits the Connecticut Senior Centers have to offer.
New York City recognized the participation gap and established their first LGBT Senior Center in 2012. We are not NYC, but we want to create the same type of opportunity in Connecticut with the "LGBT Moveable Senior Center."
We need your help to be successful!
Spread the word to those you know would be interested and/or can benefit from this initiative!
Come to one of our LGBT Moveable Senior Center gatherings – all LGBT community members and their Allies are welcome to participate.
Provide us with contacts you think should be on our mailing list -send contact names/emails to Kathy Marschall at kmarschall@Simsbury-ct.gov
Give feedback about your experience at a gathering.
Provide us your ideas for programming topics and presenters.
In short…. Join us in making this program a growing and valuable component of our Connecticut Senior Centers.
The preliminary schedule is shown below:
|Date / Time ||Place||Type of event; comments|
September 24 10:00am-3:00pm
Manchester Senior Center,
549 East Middle Turnpike
"Living our Elder Years in Community" Contact: Eileen Faust 860.647.3211
September 30 6:30pm-8:30pm
30 Arbor Street
Film "While Paris was Burning Hartford Sizzled" followed by discussion. Intergenerational.
October 12 9:00am-3:00pm
"Sharing our Coming Out Stories" Contact: Mandy Roczniak 860.228.1700 x202
Elmwood Community Center,
1106 New Britain Ave. Hartford. Enter via South Quaker Lane to Burgoyne Street
Film "Cloudburst" Dot, threatened by nursing home placement flees with
Stella to Canada where same-sex marriage is legal. Discussion follows.
|October 23 9:00am-3:00pm||Hebron Senior Center|
Sharing our Coming out Stories. Facilitator Geraldine
Burke. Contact: Mandy Roczniak 860.228.1700 x202
South Windsor Senior Center
|"LGBT and Cognitive Issues" Contact: Missy Rankin 860.648.6361 x339|
| December TBD|
|Contact: Kathy Marschall 860.658.3273|
Events five hours in duration are considered full programs and include up to 30 participants. Programs incorporate mind/body/spirit wellbeing and provide options for active and passive participation.
Events two hours in duration are considered auxiliary programs and are independent programs with a specific focus. The focus might be educational, social, physical and creative in nature.
The LGBT Moveable Senior Center is sponsored by CCCI as part of “Getting it Right”: Creating an LGBT-Responsive Organization, a project funded by the John H. and Ethel G. Noble Charitable Trust and was guided by CT LGBT Aging Advocacy.
On March 31, 2016 Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that he has signed an executive order banning state-funded travel
to North Carolina in response to its recently adopted HB2 legislation, which discriminates against members of the LGBT community.
On June 26, 2015, a landmark decision from the Supreme Court made same sex marriage constitutional and legal in all states. View the official ruling.
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
OBERGEFELL ET AL. v. HODGES, DIRECTOR, OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, ET AL. CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT No. 14–556. Argued April 28, 2015—Decided June 26, 2015*
Executive Order No. 45 signed on March 30, 2015
On March 30, 2015 Governor Malloy signed an Executive Order
underscoring the recognition and enforcement of Connecticut’s anti -discrimination policies, and the importance of protecting all of Connecticut’s residents, including those in the LGBT community. Executive Order 45 states, in part: “…the exercise of religion shall not be a justification for discrimination based upon sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression or other protected classes.”
The intent of the Executive Order to underscore the protections in place for all Connecticut citizens remains in full effect.Prior anti-discrimination law was updated on July 1, 2011, when Governor Malloy signed into law Public Act 11-55, “An Act Concerning Discrimination,” which adds gender identity or expression to Connecticut’s anti-discrimination laws. According to the law, “Gender identity or expression” means a person’s gender-related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that gender-related identity, appearance or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person’s physiology or assigned sex at birth, which gender-related identity can be shown by providing evidence including, but not limited to, medical care, care or treatment of the gender-related identity, consistent and uniform assertion of the gender-related identity or any other evidence that the gender-related identity is sincerely held, part of a person’s core identity or not being asserted for an improper purpose.”
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Guide to finding LBGT Affirming Care Services As you Age.
LGBTQ Bereavement Drop-In Group
A monthly support group for LGBTQ women and men who are grieving the death of a partner. The group is open to past and present widows, widowers, partners and longtime significant others of the deceased.
Meets 2nd Wednesday of each month 7:00pm-8:15pm
Group is hosted by a LGBT community volunteer and a WCP therapist
Women’s Center for Psychotherapy, LLC
784 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06110
Contact WCP at 860.523.4450 x51 for more information
The group is drop in and people are welcome to attend one or ongoing meetings
There is no fee.
Caregiver Support Group
3rd Wednesday of the Month at 7:00pm
Spring Glen Church
The Great Hall
1825 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06517
Contact John Proto, 203-654-9189
**Participants must pre-register before attending**
This group is open to gay, straight and bisexual men. In addition to a number of educational pamphlets, The Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter www.alzct.org
, offers pamphlets that address the unique challenges the LGBT population face.
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund
CWEALF is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women, girls and their families to achieve equal opportunities in their personal and professional lives.
Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders
Through strategic litigation, public policy, and education, GLAD has achieved scores of legal victories to end discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression.
Outing Age 2010: Public Policy Issues Affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Elders
This report provides an in-depth look at public policy issues and challenges facing millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the United States as they get older.
Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and societal acceptance of LGBT people through its threefold mission of support, education and advocacy.
A coalition of service providers and LGBT community members working to create an open and affirming aging services environment for LGBT elders in Connecticut.
Connecticut Transadvocacy Coalition
The mission of the Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition (CTAC) is to make Connecticut a safe and tolerant place for the trans and gender non-conforming individual through education and social advocacy.
“Together we are greater than AIDS”: be educated, informed and empowered to advocate for and take care of yourself and others.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force trains activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda, and advances pro-LGBT legislation, as well as generating groundbreaking research.
SAGE offers supportive services and consumer resources for LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, and provides training for aging providers and LGBT organizations.
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults.
The mission of AIDS.gov is to expand visibility of timely and relevant Federal HIV policies, programs, and resources to the American public.
ACT- AIDS Connecticut
AIDS Connecticut (ACT), in partnership with its member agencies, improves the lives of people impacted by HIV through care and supportive services, housing, advocacy and prevention.
The American Association of Retired Persons’ dedicated page to LGBT issues and concerns.
An organization that offers trained speakers to come to your class, faith community, or civic group to talk about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.
Administration For Community Living (ACL) LGBT Resources
In March 2010 Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) was funded to create the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. A Resource Center website was launched in October of 2011 and can be accessed at http://lgbtagingcenter.org
is a non-profit agency that has been addressing the needs of LGBT elders for over 30 years. SAGE works with LGBT elders to address and overcome the challenges of discrimination in senior service settings, while also being an essential component in the creation of informal caregiving support, and development of new "family" networks. A network of SAGE affiliates have been created across the country to serve LGBT elders at the local level.
Health and Human Service (HHS) LGBT Health Resources
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and it's agencies have created a number of products designed to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.
LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN)
LAIN, a constituent group of the American Society on Aging, works to raise awareness about the concerns of LGBT elders and about the unique barriers they encounter in gaining access to housing, healthcare, long-term care and other needed services. LAIN has an excellent Website with a great deal of information including a The LGBT Aging Resources Clearinghouse.
We are excited to share a new publication: Looking for Love? First Look Out for YOU!
This fact sheet provides information and tips to help LGBT elders avoid the infamous Sweetheart Scam and other forms of exploitation. The NCEA (National Council on Elder Abuse) extends a special thanks to the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging for collaborating on this piece.
AIDS Community Research Initiative of America
ACRIA offers critical HIV healthcare education to HIV-positive people and their caregivers all around the world and provides a variety of consulting services (technical assistance, monitoring and evaluation, curriculum development, and web-based learning among them) to strengthen AIDS and other service organizations across the country.
The mission of AIDS.gov is to expand visibility
of timely and relevant Federal HIV policies, programs, and resources to the
MedlinePlus Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Health Resources
LGBT individuals have special health concerns besides the usual ones that affect most men and women. MedlinePlus has a section on their Website that provides information about these specific health issues.
LGBT Older Adults in Long Term Care Facilities: Stories from the Field
This report, funded by the Arcus Foundation, was co-authored by six national organizations reports on the results of a survey conducted to better understand the experiences of LGBT older adults in long-term care settings.
The Aging and Health Report: Disparities and Resilience among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults
Aging and health issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender(LGBT) baby boomers have been largely ignored by services, policies and research. These seniors face higher rates of disability, physical and mental distress and a lack of access to services. This report is designed to help us better understand the aging and health needs of LGBT adults 50 years of age and older.