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Experts estimate that between 3 and 4 million Americans over  60 are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). And while research indicates that older LGBT adults are satisfied with their lives, it also indicates that many face - and fear - discrimination based on not only their sexual orientation but also their age. 

For some time, the U.S. Administration on Aging has recognized the unique needs and concerns of older LGBT adults, and has provided funds to create the country’s first national technical assistance resource center that focuses on the health and social disparities that LGBT Seniors face.

The National Center has 3 specific goals:

  1. 1.To educate mainstream aging services organizations about the existence and special needs of LGBT elders

  2. 2.      To sensitize LGBT organizations to the existence and special needs of older adults

  3. 3.To educate LGBT individuals about the importance of planning ahead for future long-term care needs.

LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN)
LAIN is a sub 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.  

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is a national organization dedicated to building the grassroots power of the LGBT community. The Task Force has identified aging as a critical issue for the LGBT community.

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.

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.

Improving the Lives of LGBT Older Adults
This report addresses the many challenges facing LGBT older adults and provides broad-ranging policy recommendations for creating a society where all older adults are treated with dignity and respect.

The Office of Women’s Health (OWH) The OWH was established in 1991 within the US Department of Health and Human Services. OWH coordinates the efforts of all the HHS agencies and office involved in women's health. OWH works to improve the health and well-being of women and girls in the United States. National Women's Health Information Center

SAGE will Take The Lead in The National Center Effort

In March 2010, Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE) was funded to create the national technical assistance resource center to support LGBT older adults.

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 15 SAGE affiliates have been created across the country to serve LGBT elders at the local level. (Learn more at

Additional LGBT resources are provided below, along with Quick Links to make it easier to access the information, programs and services these resources provide. is a directory of Senior information and Senior resources for in-home care, healthcare, senior housing, Social Security, Medicare, Veterans benefits, elderlaw, nutrition, fitness, travel, finance, medical symptoms, consumer protection, senior  care, caregiving and more.