The first LGBTQ TA Center issue brief addresses the health disparities that impact the mental health of LGBTQ older adults. Seniors who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning can be the least likely to access health and social services, with only 25% saying they feel “comfortable” going to a local senior center. In the United States, more than 3 million individuals over 55 identify as gay or lesbian and 1 in 10 same sex couples are over 65.
This brief describes this population’s array of service needs, with consideration for intersectionality and historically traumatic experiences. Resources and best practices for supporting LGBTQ seniors in different settings are provided.