The Issue: Challenges for LGBT Seniors
LGBT seniors face unique challenge as they age. Not only are they less likely to have partners or children to help care for them, they might face discrimination in nursing homes since many of their contemporaries still hold the biased attitudes toward the LGBT community that were common 20 years ago. According to The DC Center for the LGBT Community, a 2005 study found that more than a quarter of LGBT baby boomers were concerned about discrimination as they aged and fewer than half believed healthcare professionals would treat them "with dignity and respect."
The Campaign: Providing Asylum for LGBT Community Members
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by The DC Center for the LGBT Community to care for asylum seekers. For every $60 raised, the organization can provide one week of food and transportation for one person. Asylum seekers may be escaping situations where their sexual orientation or gender identity puts them at risk for assault or harassment. While at the center, they can request financial assistance to help them find a secure environment.
The DC Center for the LGBT Community
The DC Center for the LGBT Community is a home away from home that touches on every aspect of the community's lives, from faith and art to health and career development. LGBT seniors can turn to the center as a place to inform themselves and make friends—especially during weekly coffee and conversation sessions—whereas people suffering from addiction and HIV can meet for support. The center also maintains a vibrant arts program including the annual Reel Affirmations LGBT Film Festival, the OutWrite LGBT Book Festival, and the Capturing Fire LGBT Poetry Slam. Yet the Center's most crucial function is that it serves as a place where people can both express themselves and be out among friends.