Transgender Aging: Results of the Latest Studies
Friday March 30, 2012: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
This workshop will review key results from transgender older participants in at least four national studies. Besides sharing key results, the researcher-panelists will discuss sampling limitations and the implications of how the questions are written. Panelists will also discuss advocacy efforts to include gender identity questions on national population-based studies. Emphasis will be placed on the data’s implications for services to transgender older adults and their families and caregivers.
1. Participants will be able to list at least three sources of data on transgender older adults.
2. Participants will be able to discuss at least three study findings and what their implications are for providing services to transgender elders.
3. Participants will know something about the status of various federal agencies’ efforts concerning collecting data on transgender and lesbian, gay, and bisexual elders.
4. Participants will learn how transgender elders tend to respond to various questions about their gender identity, expression, or history, enabling them to design more accurate data-gathering efforts.
Would it be helpful to know that more than 50% of the older adults you serve are military veterans? Or sexual assault survivors? That’s the kind of data we finally have on transgender older adults. Would you guess that more than a third of these older adults identify as gay or lesbian? What are we to make of the finding that more than half of transgender older adults say their sexual orientation has changed? Or that 10% identify as asexual? Would you be surprised to learn that transgender older adults are much less likely to experience discriminatory treatment than younger peers? How do we account for that finding? These are the kinds of data and questions we will present in this workshop, giving participants the best available picture of this little-discussed subpopulation. The four studies we’ll cover (as of the submission of this workshop abstract) are: the National Transgender Discrimination Study, Caring and Aging with Pride, and the FORGE sexuality and sexual violence surveys.
Loree Cook-Daniels, MS, FORGE Transgender Aging Network
Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, PhD, University of Washington School of Social Work
Harper Jean Tobin, MSSA, JD, National Center for Transgender Equality