AGING SERVICES: LGBT Resource Page

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 Rangoon Grant at Cynthia.grant@ct.gov


News/Events
  • Save The Date! The Connecticut Coalition on Aging presents
    the 2016 Carlson Forum. The Aging Experience: LGBT Rights

    Keynote: Karen Loewy, Senior Staff Attorney at Lambda Legal
    Carlson Honoree Shawn M. Lang, AIDS-CT
    June 9, 2016 8:30-11:30
    Il Monticello Banquet Facility
    466 South Broad Street, Meriden, CT
    For More Information, contact Kathi Liberman:860.721.9595, kliberman@wethersfieldha.org.
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 TownType of event; comments
 March 23
 6:00 - 8:00pm
 NewingtonPizza and seed starting program
 April 20
 10:00am - 3:00pm
 Bloomfield
 Full program
 May 20 (Older Americans Month)
 10:00am - 3:00pm
 Newington
 West Hartford
 Full program
 Auxiliary program
 June (Gay Pride Month)
 Avon
 Plainville
 Full program
 Auxiliary program
 July 25
 time TBA
 Canton Auxiliary program
August - week of the 15th Bloomfield Auxiliary program
September Site TBD Full program
October Site TBD Full program
November Site TBD Full program
 December (early in month)
 Simsbury
 Auxiliary program
“Full” program: Provides five hours of programs to up to 30 participants.  Programs incorporate mind/body/spirit wellbeing and provide options for active and passive participation.
 
“Auxiliary” program: Auxiliary programs are Independent programs of a shorter duration (2 hours) and with a specific focus.  As examples, the focus might be educational, social, physical and creative in nature. 
Thank you!

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. 
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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.


Community Centers
 
The Triangle Community Center
   618 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850
   Executive Director: Anthony Crisci
   Phone: (203) 853-0600   Email: tcc@ct.gay
 
New Haven Pride Center
   84 Orange Street, New Haven, CT  06510
   Co-Presidents: Michelle McCleary and Joshua O’Connell
   Phone: (203) 387-2252   Email: nhglcc@gmail.com
 
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**
 
AIDS Project New Haven also offers a support group called Positive Voices.
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.
 
Legal
 
LAMBDA Legal
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
860-247-6090
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
1-800-455-GLAD
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.

Tools for Protecting Your Health Care Wishes
A guide prepared by Lambda Legal to assist LGBT in protecting their rights in health care settings.   

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.

Support/Advocacy
 
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.
 
AIDS.gov
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.
 
AARP 
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 http://lgbtagingcenter.org.

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.  

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. 

Research/Information
 
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 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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