To Open Gay Retirement Home
Berlin, with one of Europe's largest
gay community is about to open a publicly financed gay retirement
home. The 150-apartment retirement home will open its doors in early
2006 in the Schoeneberg district, Berlin's gay quarter.
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The Graying of
The 1950s with it's wholesome American dream image is what many seniors think of as "the good days." But for millions of Americans, the '50's hold memories of repression, fear and intolerance. "I go back to the bad old days. Things were bad for gay people," said Jay Hamilton, 76, a gay senior who works in local hospices with other gay elders coping with isolation, discrimination and self- esteem issues.
The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
estimates that the population of gay seniors in the United States
is just under 3 million and by 2030 it could be nearly twice that.
The task force also says that 10,000 more gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender Americans reach retirement age every week without equal
access to aging services and economic safety nets.
Passes Civil Partnership Bill
growing taller and wider
Adults are roughly an inch taller than they were in the early 1960s, on average, and nearly 25 pounds heavier, the government reported Wednesday.
Gay and lesbian patients encounter negative reactions
from service providers at all ages, but the experience can be especially
difficult for seniors. "Gay and lesbian elders who grew up prior to
the era of gay liberation face considerable obstacles to accessing
health care," according to the report.
Home Sweet Homo
"....experts project the number
of retirement-aged gays to be as high as 4 million and growing. Many
of them lack the support system available to straight seniors. Because
homosexuals can't marry, they're more likely to live alone. Even those
in long-term relationships lack the Social Security, tax, and medical
benefits that protect surviving members of conventional couples when
one spouse dies. And they're unlikely to have children to care for
them in old age. Checking into a conventional retirement home can
mean going back into the closet. A tight-knit community of seniors
who came of age in a less tolerant era isn't likely to embrace a mincing
dandy with a soft spot for Bette Midler."
allows the 'gay gene' to flourish
The findings are important because they provide an
explanation for an apparent contradiction of the "gay gene" theory,
which implies that if homosexuality is genetic then its determining
genes would die out as gay men tend to have fewer children than heterosexual
A report by research publisher Packaged Facts highlights the diversity within the gay and lesbian population – families, seniors, people of color – and shows a growing sophistication among gays. The report says that LGBT will reach $610 billion in 2005.
The report indicates that at least
2 million gays are approaching or have already reached retirement
age. By 2020, some 5.7 million, or 25% of the gay community, will
be 50 or older. The report also projects that there are 1.8 million
gay and lesbian households with children, and there are approximately
2.6 million children living with gay parents.
There are two million LGBT seniors in America who are over age 60; and every year an estimated 400,000 turn 50. According to the Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, that number will double by 2035. Be prepared. Your turn will come. (Sooner or later.)
While LGBTs have made visible strides
since Stonewall,1969 -- and moreso since the American Psychiatric
Association dropped homosexuality as a sickness in 1973 -- little
mainstream research has been done on LGBT aging, with negligible data
on minorities, bisexuals and transgendered persons. LGBT seniors,
mostly invisible in America, face medical, social service, and retirement
options that are, with few exceptions, primarily oriented to the psychological,
physical, social, and religious needs of their straight counterparts
(of which 13 percent of the total population is now over 65).