New York City sets aside at least $3 million to assist LGBT seniors, mostly living alone

May 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

http://www.wnyc.org/blogs/wnyc-news-blog/2011/may/06/first-full-service-senior-center-country-lgbt-community-open-nyc/

From the article:

Advocates estimate there are more than 100,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered New Yorkers over 65 living in the five boroughs — and they are twice as likely to be living alone and much more likely to be childless and disconnected from their families.

“Many LGBT seniors feel like they have to go back into the closet as they age,” said commissioner of the city’s Department for the Aging, Lilliam Barrios-Paoli. “Every senior center is a place where people feel welcomed. It’s difficult to feel that way when you can’t be who you are. This center will be like every other center except LGBT people will be welcomed and accepted for who they are.”

Closeted LGBT seniors living alone are such  an hard find for ethnographers like me. …I haven’t give up yet!

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