National Organizations

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults. The NRC is a project of SAGE.

SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders).
SAGE is “… a national advocacy and services organization that’s been looking out for LGBT elders since 1978. [SAGE] build[s] welcoming communities and keep[s] our issues in the national conversation to ensure a fulfilling future for all LGBT people.”

Transgender Aging Network.
The Transgender Aging Network (TAN) exists to improve the lives of current and future trans/SOFFA (significant others, friends, family and allies) elders. TAN membership is free. TAN offers two listservs, and numerous publications that are available for free download.

 

Specific Selected Resources

LGBTQ Inclusive Services Readiness Checklist: A Self-Assessment for Area Agencies on Aging July 2019 | Aging Ahead, St. Louis Area Agency on Aging, National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
This is a well-organized assessment tool/list of actions and practices for LGBTQ inclusivity. GIR participants will recognize many of them. This assessment tool is useful as a guide when asking “what else can we do to be inclusive?” Note that permission is required for printing materials for further distribution.

LGBT Older Adults in Long-Term Care Facilities. Published by Arizona Center on Aging.
This is a two-page resource from August 2011 which is still relevant and helpful.

Infographic: LGBT Older Adults and Dementia. July 2019 | Alzheimer’s Association and SAGE

 

Connecticut based resources/organizations

CT Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
The Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Chamber (CTGLC) provides valuable business development opportunities, financial access and educational resources to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and allied business community in the greater Connecticut area. As the official affiliate chamber of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), CTGLC is the voice of hundreds of LGBT-owned businesses and actively promotes and creates supplier diversity and procurement opportunities for its growing base of corporate partners and business members. CTGLC holds a networking breakfast on the first Thursday of each month.

CT PrimeTimers
Prime Timers is a social organization for older gay and bisexual men and younger men over the age of 21 who prefer the company of mature men. Members' social lives are enriched by many diverse activities. Members can enjoy the opportunities and friendships that develop with other Prime Timers throughout the world.

CT TransAdvocacy Coalition
“The mission of the Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition (CTAC) is to make Connecticut a safe and tolerant place for the trans and gender non-conforming individual through education and social advocacy”. Each April, CTAC offers the conference “Transgender Lives: The Intersection of Health and Law” A great place to learn, present and/or host a table with information about your services.

CT VOICE (new magazine) - CT VOICE magazine premiered in March 2019.
CT VOICE is a magazine that has the best of Travel, People, Business, Family, Youth, Celebrity and Feature stories from CT focusing on the LGBTQ community. CT VOICE has a rich digital, video and social media presence

Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective (HGLHC)
The Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective currently provides medical services, dental services, support groups, and health education tailored to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities, but serves clients of all genders and gender identities, sexual orientations, ages and ethnicities.

Hartford Gay Men's Chorus
The Hartford Gay Men's Chorus uses choral music as a catalyst for enriching and educating both participants and audiences by demonstrating to individuals the many ways that beautiful music positively impacts our world.

LGBT Aging Advocacy
A network of LGBT community members and aging service providers with some state agency participation organized to help promote inclusive services for the LGBT community. The Getting it Right program grew out of this initiative. LGBT Aging Advocacy has an active presence on Facebook including posts of relevant articles and resources.

LGBT Moveable Senior Center
The LGBT MSC is a partnership among Senior Centers to provide a welcoming pathway for the LGBT senior community to Senior Centers and their programs and resources. The MSC program focuses on the health, social connections and engagement of LGBT seniors.

Metropolitan Community Church of Hartford (MCC)
Celebrating more than 45 years in Hartford. MCC is a compassionate community of faith, and a spiritual home where all people can experience the liberating love of God. They self-describe as “followers of Jesus”. Rev. Aaron Miller is the pastor.

PFLAG – Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
This is a national network with local networks in CT. It was named in 1973 before the acronym “LGBTQ+” was created; it now is inclusive of all not only “lesbians and gays”.. Founded in 1973 after the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. There are 4 chapters in CT: Hartford, Norwalk, Southeastern CT, Waterbury

Stonewall Speakers
Stonewall Speakers, a program of the Connecticut Stonewall Foundation, Inc., is an all-volunteer speaker's bureau comprised of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and their allies.

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