Making the Case for Equity in Aging
This chapter addresses the topic of LGBT elders and their interests, a subject that has received little attention by LGBT organizations and activists. It notes that although marriage equality offers LGBT elders a much needed measure of legal protection and security, the right to marry fails to address some of the most pressing issues facing such elders, including the legal fragility of their extended chosen families, their disproportionately high levels of financial insecurity, and their fear of encountering anti-LGBT bias across a wide range of senior services. The chapter also uses LGBT elder issues to make two broader points about the nature and future of LGBT rights advocacy. First, that while emphasizing the similarities between sexual minorities and heterosexuals can be helpful in some settings, it fails to address disparities between the two groups. Second, that LGBT elders challenge the strong claims of shared identity that undergird the contemporary LGBT rights movement. Many members of the older generation, for example, do not identify as homosexual or gay, much less as “out and proud.” As a result, they stand as living examples of the historically contingent nature of LGBT identity.
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