It is time for the federal government to spread the wealth to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered old people. From a statement issued yesterday by the Department of Health and Human Services:
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced plans to establish the nation’s first national resource center to assist communities across the country in their efforts to provide services and supports for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals.
Experts estimate that as many as 1.5 to 4 million LGBT individuals are age 60 and older. Agencies that provide services to older individuals may be unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the needs of this group of individuals. The new Resource Center for LGBT Elders will provide information, assistance and resources for both LGBT organizations and mainstream aging services providers at the state and community level to assist them in the development and provision of culturally sensitive supports and services. The LGBT Center will also be available to educate the LGBT community about the importance of planning ahead for future long term care needs.
In lieu of gays in the military, a frontal assault on the Defense of Marriage Act or the rest of their political priorities, the “LGBT” community will get will planning for their long-term care.