Los Angeles LGBT Center and LA County Jointly Celebrate Local Seniors on National Honor Your LGBT Elders Day - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center and LA County Jointly Celebrate Local Seniors on National Honor Your LGBT Elders Day

May 16, 2019
Contact: Gil Diaz

Today, on National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day, the Los Angeles LGBT Center joined forces with the Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) to celebrate local LGBT seniors by hosting a free luncheon in Pride Hall of the Center’s intergenerational Anita May Rosenstein Campus.

In addition to the luncheon, seniors were given the opportunity to tour the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Senior Center, located along the northern side of the two-acre Campus and which also serves as the main offices of the Center’s Senior Services. To date, more than 6,000 seniors over the age of 50 are registered as Senior Services’ clients.

“Today, many LGBT people enjoy newfound freedoms, such as fair treatment and marriage equality, because our LGBT older adults fearlessly paved the way for the movement decades ago,” said the Center’s Director of Senior Services Kiera Pollock. “Now they are paving the way again, navigating the challenges and discrimination we will face as we age. The Center and WDACS salute our seniors and all they have given—and continue to give—to our community.”

An estimated 65,000 LGBT people over the age of 64 live in Los Angeles; 68% of which live alone. More than others of their age, LGBT seniors struggle to afford housing and other necessities because they are four times less likely to have children and grandchildren to support them and twice as likely as their heterosexual counterparts to live alone. Nationally, two out of every 10 LGBT seniors live on $20,000 or less per year.

“At WDACS, we are committed to building an age-friendly future throughout our region that enables our growing older adult population to thrive. During May, L.A. County joins the rest of the nation in celebrating Older Americans month, where we acknowledge the incredible contributions of older adults as grandparents, volunteers, mentors, civic leaders and more,” said WDACS Acting Director Otto Solórzano. “Today, we are very proud to celebrate LGBT Elders Day with our partners at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, but most of all, to recognize the trailblazers that have championed equal rights and social acceptance for the LGBT community.”

The Center’s Senior Services includes Triangle Square, the world’s first—and L.A.’s only— affordable housing development (104 units) for LGBT seniors. In addition, 98 units of affordable housing for seniors will be completed in mid-2020 as part of Phase II of the Anita May Rosenstein Campus project. Senior Services also trains other providers of services for seniors, including government agencies like the Veterans Administration, and advocates on the behalf of its clients to help make the world a safer and more welcoming place for all LGBT people.

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