LGBT older adults are at increased risk of discriminatory acts that range from hiring and salary discrimination to neglectful health care providers. LGBT elders often experience victimization based on their perceived or actual sexual orientation and gender identity.
According to an article by Sage:
- LGBT seniors lack traditional family support and are more reliant on formal support systems than their straight counterparts.
- Fear of discrimination and abuse make LGBT seniors five times less likely than non-LGBT seniors to access crucial social services, including health care, home care, senior centers, housing assistance, meal programs, food stamps and other public benefits.
- Studies have shown that LGBT seniors wait until they are in a health or financial crisis before seeking help.
- In one survey reported in the American Association of Physicians for Human Rights, 67% of doctors and medical students reported LGBT patients receiving substandard care or being denied care.
- In another survey of agencies serving seniors in the United States, 50% said that LGBT seniors would not be welcomed at area senior centers if their sexual orientation were known.
Chosen Family combats this discrimination by providing staff training and educational resources, provides inclusive materials, and creates a welcoming environment for our patients and team members.
Chosen Family also partners with community organizations that uphold these values and advocates to our peers the importance of inclusion, cultural competency, and acceptance to overcome the stigma, discrimination, and health disparities that affect both LGBT patients and the minority community in general.