AGING SERVICES: LGBT Healthy Aging Toolkit Available

LGBT Resource Page

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We are proud to announce that our staff have received training from the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging and our Department is now a Safe Space for our friends in the LGBT community.

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 Resto (formerly Grant) at  

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 service.
The three fact sheets are:
All are available for download at the National Resource Center for LGBT Aging
  • 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
    • Give feedback about your experience at a gathering.
    • Provide us your ideas for programming topics and presenters
  • 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.

  • 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.

Community Centers
The Triangle Community Center
   618 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850
   Executive Director: Anthony Crisci
   Phone: (203) 853-0600   Email:
New Haven Pride Center
   84 Orange Street, New Haven, CT  06510
   Co-Presidents: Michelle McCleary and Joshua O’Connell
   Phone: (203) 387-2252   Email:
Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective
   1841 Broad Street, Hartford, CT 06110
   64 Church Street (HC East), Manchester, CT
   Executive Director: Linda Estabrook
   Phone: (860) 278-4163
Support Groups

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**
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.

SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline is open Monday- Friday 4pm-midnight, Eastern Time and on Saturday from noon- 5pm Eastern Time
Call 1-888-234-SAGE or email
Operated by the GLBT National Help Center, this hotline offers peer-support to callers who are often very isolated sometimes still closeted, and in need of a caring, non-judgmental person to talk with. The folks on the hotline don't give advice, instead they listen and they care!
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.
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
GLSEN works to ensure that LGBT students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment.
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 Services
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 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.
(860) 523-9799
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

SAGE 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.  

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. 

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 is to expand visibility of timely and relevant Federal HIV policies, programs, and resources to the American public.

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. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
A page dedicated to information and resources on older adults and HIV/AIDS.

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.

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