LGBTQI Elder Resources

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Resources

LGBTQ Connection
(707) 251-9432 ext 205
LGBTQ Connection is the first community-based initiative developing a vibrant, diverse and inclusive community while increasing well-being for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) people across Napa County and the North Bay. While technically part of the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, the North Bay can seem like worlds apart in terms of visibility and community for the LGBTQ people that live, work and go to school here. In response, LGBTQ Connection promotes LGBTQ leadership, supports underserved people, develops partnerships, builds the community's capacity to include and welcome LGBTQ people, increases visibility and serves as the center of the LGBTQ community.
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Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging
(707) 565-5950
The Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is a program of the Sonoma County Human Services Department.  The AAA and its Advisory Council plan, coordinate and allocate funding for persons sixty years of age and older in Sonoma County.  The AAA Advisory Council advises the Board of Supervisors on the needs of seniors, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers and advocates on their behalf.  Each year the AAA produces a Sonoma County Senior Resource Guide, a comprehensive directory of services, agencies and programs which assists older persons in their daily lives.  The on-line version contains the most up-to-date information and is available at: www.sonomaseniorguide.org

The Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging is committed to creating welcoming and knowledgeable services, programs and systems for LGBTQI people.  The Sonoma County Senior Resource Guide provides an excellent directory of regional organizations, services and programs.  The on-line version is available at: www.sonomaseniorresourceguide.org/section/lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-lgbt/

Sonoma Valley LGBT Seniors:  Social group building community. Monthly discussions 3rd Fridays 10am-noon at Vintage House, 264 First Street East in Sonoma.  Also scheduled walks, dances and other social events.  No membership fee.  All ages and abilities welcomed.  For information please contact, Gary "Buz" Hermes (707) 227-6935 or Janice Farrell (415) 608-5792.

Santa Rosa Junior College: The college's Older Adult Program provides classes of interest to LGBTQI seniors in various Sonoma County locations.  For more information visit older-adults.santarosa.edu or call (707) 527-4533.

Transgender Clinic
Appointments: (707) 547-2222
The Transgender Clinic is part of Santa Rosa Community Health Centers, located on the Lombardi campus. The clinic serves the health needs of the North Bay's large and diverse gender-variant population and provides comprehensive primary care in addition to evidence-based hormonal management, post-operative care and emotional support for those who are transitioning. Under the guidance of Dr. Suegee Tamar-Mattis, residents have the opportunity to learn transgender medicine and provide family medicine services in a welcoming and open environment.
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  NATIONAL RESOURCES

GLBT National Help Center
(888) 843-4564 Toll-free Hotline
help@glbthotline.org
Free and confidential telephone and internet peer-counseling, information, and local resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning callers throughout the United States.
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Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
(202) 600-8037
GLMA was founded in 1981 to ensure quality, non-judgmental healthcare and to end workplace discrimination for LGBT healthcare professionals. Search for LGBT-friendly health care providers in your area.
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National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
(415) 392-6257
Located in SF, NCLR is a national nonprofit law firm that protects the legal and human rights of lesbians, gay men and bisexual and transgender people across the United States through impact litigation, public policy advocacy, public education and direct legal services.
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SAGE
(212) 741-2247
Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is a national organization that 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, largely through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. SAGE coordinates a network of 27 local SAGE affiliates in 20 states and the District of Columbia.
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  BAY AREA RESOURCES

Bay Area Bisexual Network
(415) 865-5627
The Bay Area Bisexual Network’s (BABN) mission is to develop a healthy, vibrant, multicultural bisexual community in the Bay Area and to promote better understanding of bisexual lives and issues within the larger LGBT community and the public. BABN offers information and referral services; cultural & social events; and a monthly peer-support group.
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Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom
(415) 874-3045
BALIF is a Minority Bar Association of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgendered persons and their supporters, with over 500 members including judges, lawyers, legal workers and law students. It is a helpful resource for information about laws affecting the greater LGBT community.
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Community United Against Violence (CUAV)
(415) 777-5500
CUAV’s mission is to prevent and respond to violence against and within our diverse LGBTQ communities. CUAV offers peer-based counseling, direct assistance, education and outreach, grassroots organizing, and policy advocacy. Support groups for LGBT people dealing with violence or abuse.
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Family Caregiver Alliance
(415) 434-3388 or (800) 445-8106
Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) defines family broadly and inclusively and supports those caring for adults with chronic conditions, like Alzheimer’s, MS and stroke. Along with family consultation, education and respite, FCA’s website provides two LGBT caregiver fact sheets on legal issues and LGBT caregiver concerns. FCA also has a national Online LGBT Caregiver Support Group.
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Gaylesta
(415) 729-3996
Gaylesta is a psychotherapist association that provides mental health services, including therapist referrals, education, and consultation. Their referral service provides help in locating an LGBT-friendly therapist near you.
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Lavender Seniors of the East Bay
(510) 574-2073 or (510) 574-2090
Lavender Seniors provides social activities, support, and networking for LGBT seniors in the East Bay to improve the quality of life of older LGBT residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Lavender Seniors also provides outreach, advocacy, and education.
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Openhouse
(415) 296-8995
Openhouse in San Francisco provides housing information, friendly visiting, social get-togethers, workshops, case management, and other services and community programs to support the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults and is building LGBT-friendly affordable housing for LGBT seniors.
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The Spahr Center
(415) 457-2487
The Spahr Center provides services, support, and empowerment for Marin’s LGBTQ community and for everyone in the county living with and affected by HIV. LGBTQ services include youth drop-in groups, a support group for parents with gender questioning and transitioning children, outreach to schools, and counseling for students and families. Mental health counseling is available for LGBTQ people of all ages. Services for LGBT seniors include a monthly discussion group, quarterly friendship luncheons, and a monthly mixer. The Spahr Center also offers cultural competency training for education, health, social service, and housing providers. HIV services include free and confidential HIV and Hepatitis C testing, medical and housing case management, benefits advocacy, mental health counseling, psychiatric evaluation, emergency financial assistance, transportation assistance, a food pantry, a syringe exchange program, NARCAN, a wide variety of support groups and health education in Marin middle and high school classrooms. The Spahr Center also has information about Family Caregiver Support services and a volunteer program that provides weekly, friendly visits to isolated seniors in central Marin County. For more information, call 415 457-2487 at The Spahr Center, 910 Irwin St., San Raphael, CA 94901.
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Transgender Law Center
(415) 865-0176
The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. TLC connects transgender people and their families to culturally competent legal services, increases acceptance and enforcement of laws and policies that support California's transgender communities, and works to change laws and systems that fail to incorporate the needs and experiences of transgender people.
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TransGender San Francisco
TransLifeline.org if you are in crisis, or call (877) 565-8860.
TransGender SF is a support and social group for the entire transgender and gender non-conforming community. TGSF educates the public and promotes a positive image of transgendered persons. The transgendered community includes all transgendered persons, their family and friends, and anyone with a sincere interest in the transgender community.
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Other Resources

Community of LGBT Centers Locator
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The local gay community center nearest to your loved one's home should have information on care providers who are LGBT-friendly. Try the Community of LGBT Centers locator. Apr 9, 2017, 11:24 AMSASC Admin

Gay & Lesbian Medical Association Provider Directory
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A searchable directory of LGBT-friendly medical providers, including general practitioners, dentists, mental health specialists, and OB-GYNs. Apr 9, 2017, 11:10 AMSASC Admin

GLMA Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality
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GMA's mission is to ensure equality in healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and healthcare providers. Apr 20, 2017, 3:58 PMSASC Admin

Lamda Legal
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Lambda Legal, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Apr 20, 2017, 3:55 PMSASC Admin

Legal Issues for LGBT Caregivers
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As a caregiver to a spouse, partner or friend, it is essential to discuss available legal protections and their limitations with the person for whom you care before that person becomes incapacitated. Time is of the essence. Incapacity can happen in a heartbeat with a stroke or in a car accident. Apr 9, 2017, 11:31 AMSASC Admin

LGBT Advocate Sees Hurdles Ahead
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America's older population is growing, and so is the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults who are moving into their later years. In the next several decades, LGBT adults age 65 and above is expected to double, reaching more than 3 million by 2030. Apr 9, 2017, 11:38 AMSASC Admin

LGBT Caregiving: Frequently Asked Questions
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Much less attention is given to the needs of older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) adults and in particular, on their caregivers, whether spouses, partners, friends or other family members. If the LGBT population is indeed around 10%, as many studies have claimed, the growth in LGBT seniors will also be exponential. Apr 9, 2017, 11:29 AMSASC Admin

LGBT Elder Initiative
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The LGBT Elder Initiative (LGBTEI) is committed to assuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults have rights and opportunities to live vibrant, creative and mutually supportive lives. To achieve this vision, the mission of the LGBTEI is to foster and advocate for services and resources that are competent, culturally sensitive, inclusive and responsive to the needs of LGBT elders in the Delaware Valley and beyond. Apr 9, 2017, 11:46 AMSASC Admin

LGBT National Help Center
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The GLBT National Help Center is an online and by phone resource center for information and referral. Apr 9, 2017, 11:19 AMSASC Admin

Mautner Project
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Our services include providing direct client services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people with cancer, providing health education and workshops to the community, and educating health care professionals about the unique health needs of the LGBTQ community. Apr 9, 2017, 11:33 AMSASC Admin

Metropolitan Community Churches
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The Metropolitan Community Churches, an international Christian denomination, is particularly welcoming of LGBT people. A staff person at the nearest MCC might be able to recommend appropriate resources. Apr 9, 2017, 11:25 AMSASC Admin

National Center for Lesbian Rights
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NCLR is a non-profit, public interest law firm that litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels; advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community; provides free legal assistance to LGBT people and their legal advocates; and conducts community education on LGBT issues. Apr 20, 2017, 3:54 PMSASC Admin

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
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SAGE
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SAGE is a national social service agency dedicated to LGBT seniors. SAGE is developing a National Technical Assistance Resource Center for the aging LGBT population. Apr 9, 2017, 11:16 AMSASC Admin

The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
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The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association lets you search for health care providers in your area. Apr 9, 2017, 11:20 AMSASC Admin

Bisexuality

Bisexual Community Presentation
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Bisexuality and Older Adults
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Bisexual Older Adults
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America’s population is aging: by 2050, the number of people over the age of 65 will double to 83.7 million (from 43.1 million in 2012). And while the public perception of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is largely one of a young community, there are actually more than 2.7 million LGBT adults ages 50 or older living in communities across the country. Many LGBT older adults are bisexual. Sep 19, 2017, 1:37 PMSASC Admin

Bisexual Transgender People
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The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality, offers a unique opportunity to examine the lives, experiences, disparities, and resilience of bisexual transgender people. Sep 19, 2017, 1:37 PMSASC Admin

Challenges and Rewards of Life as an Outspoken Bisexual Elder
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Apr 20, 2017, 2:57 PMSASC Admin