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Questions About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Aging Services

March 2019 | National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

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It’s important for service providers to not assume everyone identifies as heterosexual or straight (sexual orientation) and as their sex assigned at birth, male or female, (gender). When these assumptions are wrong, they can affect access to services.

Why am I being asked about my sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity? Is this a question you are being asked during an intake with an older adult? If so then this fact sheet is for you. 

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