We all wish to spend our senior years as happy and peaceful as possible. Seniors desire and deserve good and compassionate health care, especially when the ability to take care of one's self begins to diminish. Many gay men, lesbians and trans men and women find themselves forced back into the closet just to survive. Elderly gay people living in nursing homes, assisted-living centres and even those receiving home care increasingly report being shunned, disrespected and mistreated by staff and fellow peers. For a generation that was accustomed to being in the closet for most of their lives, the most common reaction is to retreat back to invisibility as a means of survival.
When You Are Old, Chinese, and Gay
Danish photographer Mads Nissen has won World Press Photo with an image that proves the quietest moments often hit with the loudest punch. A moment defined by love. The Panos photographer documented the protests that erupted as LGBT activists took to the streets, but the images he captured — of blood-soaked teens speaking truth to power and being deftly ignored — were overshadowed by this one quiet shot, taken at twilight behind closed doors. The winning image demonstrates what a professional photographer can do in a daily life situation, setting a professional standard for story-telling in life. This is a contemporary issue, it is daily life, it is news, it has spot news resonance, it has general news resonance, but it also brings up the issue in a very deep and challenging way. It is quite universal.
In Sonoma lawsuit, the plight of an aging gay couple
Photo: CHH. Even before the grey ear hair began appearing I was aware that the situation for an aging LGBTQ population, especially lower income queer people, can be dire. Will gay people be comfortable and welcome in mainstream senior housing?
The New York Times has an impressive article about the pressures elderly gays and lesbians feel to go back into the closet during their final years. The opening paragraphs tell a common story :. Even now, at 81 and with her memory beginning to fade, Gloria Donadello recalls her painful brush with bigotry at an assisted-living center in Santa Fe, N.