Retirement housing industry learns how to help LGBT seniors
Well into a training program to help a senior living community staff better understand LGBT residents came the part that really explains why so many older people fear they’ll have to go back in the closet if they move to senior housing — history.
Rose Tree Place managers were asked to read a threepage timeline of being gay in America developed by SAGE, the advocacy organization for LGBT seniors behind the training.
Many of the Media community’s residents were born in the 1920s and ’30s, a time when police raided gay bars and the Navy persecuted gay soldiers, when gay men in Nazi concentration camps wore pink triangles. In the 1950s, the U.S. banned gay immigrants and the American Psychiatric Association listed homosexuality as a mental disorder. Even now, acceptance remains far from universal.
Tim Johnston, director of national projects for SAGE, and Mary Beth Farrell, the mother of a transgender daughter and director of risk and corporate compliance for Watermark, Rose Tree’s owner, asked for reaction.
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