The mission of the LGBT Aging Project is to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults have equal access to the life-prolonging benefits, protections, services and institutions needed to age with the dignity and respect they deserve. The LGBT Aging Project hosts educational sessions for seniors and care providers, and serves as a consulting organization to Ethos’ LGBT elder aggregate meal sites across the greater Boston area.
In FY18, faculty from the LGBT Aging Project conducted 43 trainings, workshops and webinars to a total of 967 participants, including seven local, national and international conferences. The LGBT Aging Project also participated in 20 community events, reaching more than 1,351 LGBT older adults and caregivers, while continuing its leadership in the Massachusetts LGBT Aging Commission and the LGBT Affordable Senior Housing Task Force to further establish a community in Greater Boston. In addition to being one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program, the project also helped to make significant advancements in legislation and policy related to LGBT elders in FY18, with publications including “An Act Relative to LGBT Awareness Training for Aging Service Providers,” as well as an op-ed written by Lisa Krinksy in the Boston Globe, titled “New law for treating Mass. LGBT elder population will mean better care for everyone.”