Robert Gant, co-star of Showtime’s groundbreaking American TV drama Queer As Folk, was honored with four others Saturday by the ADL Florida for their “tremendous courage, compassion, and determination in confronting hate and intolerance.”
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“Among these various honorees, they were recognizing my work in the LGBT community in relation to aging,” said Gant, 47, originally of Tampa. “Because LGBT elderly didn’t for the most part create families, the incidence of being old and alone — there’s a much higher likelihood of it.”
Grandma isn’t the only recent film or TV show about LGBTQ characters no longer in the first bloom of youth. Amazon’s Transparent focuses on the ways family members respond to a parent coming out as trans in her 70s. In Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, two septuagenarian law partners come out as life partners, spurring adjustments in the lives of their children and wives of many decades. Vicious, which airs on PBS in the United States, is a gloriously camp celebration of two gay men in their 70s who have been lovers for 50 years. And a trans 66-year-old was at the center of the year’s most talked-about reality show: the E! Network’s I Am Cait. The trend even spread to the book world, where one of the fall’s most lauded nonfiction releases was The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle, by 75-year-old Lillian Faderman. In the arts at least, 2015 was the year of the queer senior.
Why is the culture suddenly so interested in our elders?
Older LGBT Floridians face unique challenges. They are much more likely to live alone than their straight, cisgender counterparts. More of than four in ten who are single say their healthcare providers don’t know their sexual orientation. And one in ten say they’ve experienced discrimination while searching for affordable housing.
It’s a commonplace to point out that, within the gay male community, youth—and the sexual attractiveness that supposedly comes with it—is a valuable currency. Obviously straight folks prize smooth skin and nubile bodies as well, but there’s a certain way in which the youth cult gets hyper-concentrated among gay guys. And as a new study shows, that concentration can have a disturbingly negative impact on us as we inevitably age.
Crews with James E. Roberts-Obayashi Corp. are turning the building at 55 Laguna Street, a block away from the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, into 39 units of various sizes meant for low-income seniors age 55 and older. An additional unit is being set aside for the resident manager, while six of the senior units will be assigned to people living with HIV or AIDS and at-risk for or have been chronically homeless.
"LGBT seniors are going back into the closet because that fear is real. You just know when they don't want you there," says one elderly participant in a new documentary Gen Silent about the largely unreported issue of homophobic hom...
As the co-editor and publisher of last year’s Outer Voices Inner Lives anthology featuring older authors, I’m delighted to announce an upcoming book from Australia’s David Hardy presenting the stories of more than 50 older LGBTI people, including...
Fifteen years ago Becky Bowles and Rhonda Mann were living a relatively low-key existence together in Seattle. Then they went on vacation in Palm Springs, CA, and fell in love not only with the small-town, high-desert vibe, but also the unabashedly gay-friendly vibe. By the third day of their trip, they were looking at properties. On Day 7, they bought.
A group of 17 performers are busy rehearsing at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Village at Ed Gould Plaza for a show about life in West Hollywood. They dance, they sing, they laugh and cry. Ranging in age from 55 - 87, this troupe, otherwise known as NewStAGES, is creating the story of Life in the First Gay City, performed June 28 at the Renberg Theatre, from their own experiences.
Lawrence Johnson and Alexandre Rheume were an interracial couple, who had been together 38 years until Rheume – 22 years older than Johnson – needed professional care as his health declined. At first Rheume moved to an assisted living development, but they both felt unwanted, uncomfortable and judged, as when Johnson would do such simple things as feeding or holding his partner’s hand. Rheume moved to a nursing home that felt more welcoming.
The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday night approved funding for the first LGBT-friendly senior affordable housing project in the Sacramento region.
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The project will consist of 53 units on currently empty lots at 16th and F streets in the Washington Park neighborhood. The project is specifically LGBT-friendly, but is not exclusively for that community. Opponents say they object to the location of the project, not the project itself.
AT a public forum, a gay man in his 50s accuses a younger gay man living with HIV of complacency, saying he contracted the virus because he didn’t see all of his friends die. On social media, an older gay man says young gay men don’t appreciate having the freedom to live openly.
With legal reform and social attitudes to homosexuality moving at the blink of an eye, what it means to be growing up gay in 2014 is almost unrecognisable compared to what it meant 30 or 40 years ago, and that change defines the community.
Three gay men over 60 and three gay men under 25 attempt to separate fiction from reality, exploring their experiences of the generational divide.
Health Assessment and Research for Communities (HARC), a nonprofit research and evaluation organization, has partnered with the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation and the Alliance Healthcare Foundation to develop a survey about the healthcare experiences...
Retirement by the water, celebrating a golden anniversary, wondering about nursing homes. It's not the usual media image of a gay couple. What’s it like to age together, gracefully or not, as two women or two men?
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