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Addressing the Needs of LGBT Older Adults in San Francisco: Recommendations for the Future

July 2013 | San Francisco Human Rights Commission and Department of Aging and Adult Services

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The fact that so many LGBT seniors live alone and do not have family support as they age creates an atypical picture of aging in America. In addition, many survey respondents report experiences of discrimination based on their LGBT status or gender identity, thus creating a layer of separation and distrust of some programs designed to help the elderly.

This report examines results of a survey of more than 600 LGBT older adults in San Francisco in 2013. The survey found LGBT seniors are far more likely to live alone than their hetersexual and cisgender peers and are less likely to have children.

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