LGBT seniors face a number of issues specific to their identity. Many LGBT seniors feel the need to “go back into the closet” for fear that health care providers and assisted living facilities will discriminate against them because they identify as LGBT. Some LGBT seniors do not have support from children and other extended family, so they turn to institutional support to care for them. If LGBT seniors fear their assisted living facility will kick them out on the street or physically abuse them because they identify as LGBT, then they feel they have no choice but to hide their true feelings.
If you are a senior and feel that you are in need of comforting help, please call the Center on Halsted at (773) 472-6469 and ask for their senior programs coordinator.