Are you or someone you love a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer community?
If you or someone you love identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ), you may be looking for specific support, services, or engagement opportunities in the community. Thankfully, there are many valuable resources available for you, and Empowerline™ can help you find them: from accessible housing and appropriate healthcare to social activities with other LGBTQ individuals.
What if I am seeking support and engagement within the LGBTQ Community?
Many people have heard of Atlanta Pride’s annual Pride festival and parade, but the organization also works year-round to provide LGBTQ persons with cultural and educational activities. These programs aim to enhance mental and physical health, provide social support, and foster an awareness of the past and present contributions of LGBTQ people.
There are also several organizations that focus specifically on engaging older LGBTQ people. For lesbians looking for an inviting, positive space to confront ageism with like-minded women through education and public discourse, visit Old Lesbians Organization for Change. Zami National Organization of Black Lesbians on Aging (NOBLA) also does community-based programming, leadership development, education, and participatory research.
Many additional organizations based in Atlanta are housed in the Phillip Rush Center.
What if I am interested in advocating for the rights of LGBTQ Individuals?
If you or someone you know has experienced injustice due to their LGBTQ identity, there are many available resources to help you learn more and take action. Many of these can be found on the Center for Positive Aging’s resource list for older LGBTQ persons.
To learn more about these barriers, and about the importance of respecting and understanding LGBTQ people ages 50 and over, visit the LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN). LAIN also offers professional seminars and presentations at conferences.
In Georgia, the Equality Foundation of Georgia works to advance fairness, safety, and opportunity for Georgia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied communities through educational activities and voter registration as well as through the associated political advocacy organization Georgia Equality. Georgia Equality posts a list of other organizations locally and nationally that support LGBTQ individuals and loved ones with everything from legal and political resources to peer support.
You can also visit The Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender and Sexual Diversity (SOJOURN) to learn about inclusion of individuals across the entire spectrum of gender and sexual orientation in the Southeast and to engage in outreach and advocacy.
What if I am trying to find fair and equal housing, medical care, or other services in my community?
Sometimes older LGBTQ individuals face unique barriers in gaining access to housing, healthcare, long-term care, and other needed services. LGBTQ Georgians can find support with enrollment, exemptions, and access to care and advocacy at the Health Initiative.
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) USA offers social activities and enrichment opportunities focused on the unique needs of aging members of the LGBTQ community and also works to connect LGBTQ persons who are isolated and homebound.
If you are looking for a physician that will be sensitive to your sexuality and gender identity, consider GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality’s Resources Page. GLMA is the world’s largest and oldest association of LGBTQ healthcare professionals.
If you have HIV/AIDS and are looking for housing opportunities, visit Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). You can also visit the Georgia CAPUS (Care and Prevention in the United States) resource hub to connect with HIV treatment and care ranging from housing and health care to support groups.
Nationally, you can find support, peer counseling, and services by calling the SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline at 1-888-234-SAGE.
If you need more help in your search, contact Empowerline™ for more information. You can call us at (404) 463-3333 or chat with us below.
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