Today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law requiring the New York State Office for the Aging( Hereafter, NYSOFA) to research and study the needs of elderly communities that have been ignored including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender seniors. The legislation will also provide grants to organizations serving LGBT seniors.
Under the new law, NYSOFA, must give an annual report to the governor and legislature that includes suggestions on how to better serve lgbt senior communities through the expansion and replication of services provided other social minorities. The reports must also include information on programs that are successful in serving our community as well as shortfalls that need work.
This is a great step in better serving lgbt communities and providing for the unique needs of lgbt seniors, who may have been reluctant to seek medical help or social services in the past in fear of judgment or rejection. Those individuals who are over 55 now did not have the same luxuries and freedom that we do, especially the ability to speak openly about their love life without being ostracized.
Source: OutCome Buffalo