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The Diverse Elders Coalition and LGBT Aging: Connecting Communities, Issues, and Resources in a Historic Moment

July 2012 | Robert Espinoza

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This article begins with a brief literature review on the socioeconomic conditions facing LGBT elders and elders of color, noting significant disparities across multiple areas related to health and well-being in one’s later years. It then describes the formation of the Diverse Elders Coalition, including an overview of the issues that emerged as its focus and its key achievements in both building an infrastructure for aging advocacy and achieving short-term advocacy wins.

This article, which appeared in the Summer 2011 issue of Public Policy and Aging Report, begins with a brief literature review on the socioeconomic conditions facing LGBT elders and elders of color, noting significant disparities across multiple areas related to health and well-being in one's later years. It then describes the formation of the Diverse Elders Coalition, and discusses the Coalition's importance to policy makers concerned with enacting improvements for LGBT elders and elders of color. 


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