Although data varies, it’s estimated there are currently 3 million LGBT Americans ages 50+, a number projected to grow to 7 million by 2030. These adults face unique challenges as they age. A SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders) fact sheet reports that LGBT seniors are twice as likely to be single and live alone, and four times less likely to have children. They’re also more likely than their straight peers to have been subjected to discrimination, social stigma and prejudice because of their sexual orientation.
If you’re a transgender or gender nonconforming adult, you’re probably no stranger to discrimination socially, at work or in a health care setting. Thankfully, public acceptance of transgender individuals is growing. And this extends to retirement communities too. Communities are evolving to better serve the increasing numbers of LGBT seniors and their diverse needs.
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