LGBT Elder Abuse
As part of its year three work for the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, FORGE is spearheading the development of a collection of resources on LGBT elder abuse, to be housed on the Center’s website at http://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/
Transgender Older Adults’ Experiences of Violence
FORGE is working with researcher Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen, PhD, and colleagues to analyze and publish findings from the groundbreaking federally-funded study Caring and Aging with Pride. One article in preparation focuses on the incidence and consequences of violence and discrimination directed at transgender adults age 50 and up.
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
FORGE’s Transgender Aging Network (TAN) is honored to be one of SAGE’s 14 partners in the groundbreaking, federally-funded National Resource Center on LGBT Aging at http://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/. TAN is specifically tasked with identifying and/or developing transgender-specific materials and helping conduct trainings. Consensus curriculums have been developed for aging services providers about LGBT issues, and for LGBT organizations about aging issues, and are available in 4-hour and 8-hour formats. If you would like to talk about sponsoring a training at your site, contact the Center directly. The Center website also hosts a rapidly-growing collection of resources; in 2012, TAN is leading the development of a resource section on LGBT elder abuse.
National LGBT Policy Development
Despite what some critics say, the Obama Administration has spearheaded a radical shift in the federal government’s attitude toward and interest in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population. FORGE is proud to be a member of two coalitions working to improve federal policies and develop federal projects concerning LGBT people. The New Beginning Initiative at http://www.thetaskforce.org/newadmin/newbeginning_intro.html is a coalition of LGBT organizations working directly with the Obama Administration to make the most of policy options that do not involve going through Congress. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs is working on both legislative and Administration initiatives designed to improve services to LGBT victims of violence and crime.
National LGBT Aging Roundtable
FORGE’s Transgender Aging Network is an active member of the National LGBT Aging Roundtable, which holds monthly teleconferences to identify and work toward achieving policy changes that could improve the quality of life for LGBT older adults. The Roundtable also sponsors an annual Aging Intensive at the Creating Change conference (http://www.creatingchange.org/)
Caring and Aging with Pride
The National Institute of Health and National Institute on Aging funded this groundbreaking national project to better understand the health and needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults; FORGE helped recruit transgender participants. You can read about the results at http://caringandaging.org/. Currently, FORGE is working with researcher Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen, PhD, and colleagues to analyze and publish separate articles focused on data from the transgender respondents. One article in preparation focuses on the incidence and consequences of violence and discrimination directed at transgender adults age 50 and up.
Gray Pride Parade
FORGE’s LGBT aging blog is at www.grayprideparade.com. This blog serves as a platform to inform and connect LGBT aging activists and has strong emphases on policy issues and disseminating promising practices. It is also home to Have You Thanked, a twitter-based campaign to begin shifting people’s beliefs that aging is a time of losses, particularly of “independence.” Instead, Have You Thanked argues, aging is just a continuation of our moment-by-moment, lifelong pattern of choosing where we will focus, leaving the rest to the countless others who knowingly and unknowingly support us.