Wednesday, October 18, 2006

GLBT elders actually mentioned in WHCoA report!

The long-awaited Final Report of the 2005 White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA), released by the Administration on Aging, marks a milestone in the fight for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders. Months of intensive organizing, including the Task Force-convened Make Room for All diversity summit last December — a counterpoint to the WHCoA — and town hall meetings held around the country have paid off in the explicit inclusion of LGBT elders in the report.

Resolution 34, for example, includes the following implementation strategy: “Expand the definition of minority populations to include — gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders [sic] and seniors with disabilities, and increase federal funding to NIH, CDC, Title 3 and other federal agencies to reduce health disparities and promote health promotion programming for all minority populations.”

“We refuse to sit on the sidelines and watch as the needs of our community go ignored,” said Amber Hollibaugh (pictured), a Task Force senior strategist and the nation’s premier specialist on LGBT aging issues. “Our community’s inclusion in this final report reflects this unwavering principle.”

Source:  National Gay and Lesbian Task Force,

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