Holiday support resource

For LGBT seniors facing social isolation


The Movement Advancement Project (MAP), SAGE, and the Diverse Elders Coalition released a new infographic in time for the holidays. The resource links and information for LGBT older adults seeking support, as well as information about the challenges facing LGBT older adults.

For many older adults, the holidays can be a difficult time. However, this season can be particularly difficult for LGBT older adults. The lack of social and legal acceptance, both historically and currently, of LGBT people has had a profound impact. LGBT older adults are less likely to be married or partnered, and are twice as likely to live alone, leaving them particularly vulnerable to social isolation.

The infographic is designed to help isolated or lonely LGBT older adults in their communities know that they are not alone—and to give them options of where to go for help. It is formatted into six languages: English, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Arabic and Chinese. MAP and our partners will be working to get this resource into the hands of providers who support older adults to spread the work about local, federal and online resources available to LGBT older adults.

The infographic builds off a report released in May by MAP and SAGE. Understanding Issues Facing LGBT Older Adults takes a comprehensive look at the experiences of LGBT elders and the challenges to accessing the resources needed to age with support and dignity. The report also offers high-level recommendations for addressing the key disparities facing LGBT older adults.