Adam Polaski

New AARP Web Portal Focuses on Aging LGBT Community

Filed By Adam Polaski | June 07, 2011 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: AARP, Hugh Delehanty, LGBT, SAGE, social security

AARP.jpegThe American Association of Retired Persons launched a new section of their website today dedicated to aging members of the LGBT community. The new portal, entitled "Pride Comes in All Ages," launched this week in honor of Pride month, and it's designed to provide information about the unique challenges that aging LGBT people face.

Right now the site is a mix of interesting feature stories, like this piece about educating older people about the risks of HIV/AIDS, and informational bulletins about issues that specifically affect this population. This piece, filed by the executive director of SAGE, is a basic breakdown of some of the most pressing issues facing retired LGBT people.

The elderly have long been considered an "invisible" subset of the LGBT community, so it's great to see AARP prominently focusing on them. Their struggles, like the challenge of receiving social security benefits, often go unreported or unconsidered, so AARP's decision to build the web portal is an important step in the right direction.

Hugh Delehanty, AARP senior vice president and editor-in-chief of the organization's media properties spoke about the "Pride Comes in All Ages" sub-site in an AARP statement.

We are proud to provide diverse, expert voices on topics that are important to all Americans 50+, including members of the LGBT community. AARP understands that while all Americans 50+ share the same goals of aging with dignity and peace of mind, each of the communities in our lives offers its own challenges, opportunities and contributions towards helping us get there.

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I am so glad someone is addressing aging in the LGBT community. It really has been neglected to long.

Om Kalthoum | June 7, 2011 7:54 PM

I'm always happy to see us get more visibility anywhere, but I think I'd like to see more integration into their monthly magazine, promotional materials and online presence. I have looked in vain over the years for acknowledgement of our existence in AARP materials; I finally stopped reading. This separate section sounds like so much ghettoization. Still, if it helps anyone, then it can't be bad, I suppose

Ted Hayes Ted Hayes | June 7, 2011 10:58 PM

One of the things we face is going back into the closet. The people who made my life tough for the first 47 years of my 80+ will be the same ones with whom I might be forced to share a nursing home. Unless there is cultural competence taught in all facilities for the aging, there is the possibility that for safety we might have to return to the closet. God forbid!

Ted Hayes Ted Hayes | June 7, 2011 10:59 PM

One of the things we face is going back into the closet. The people who made my life tough for the first 47 years of my 80+ will be the same ones with whom I might be forced to share a nursing home. Unless there is cultural competence taught in all facilities for the aging, there is the possibility that for safety we might have to return to the closet. God forbid!