Transgender Elders and SOFFAs: A Primer for Service Providers and Advocates

This paper is one of very few articles specifically focused on aging trans and SOFFA (significant others, friends, family and allies) issues. The paper covers definitions, the social implications of transition, issues specific to transitioning in later life, the role mental and physical health professionals play in transition, SOFFA issues (focusing specifically on spouses and partners, parents, children, friends, co-workers, neighbors and clerks), health care issues in later life, legal and financial issues in later life, and social concerns. The final section discusses implications for service providers and advocates, including a discussion of the challenges involved in integrating heterosexual (self-identified and/or perceived) trans people and SOFFAs into groups traditionally focused on lesbians and gay men.