LGBT Seniors

Instructor Name: 
Molly Gray
Course Description: 

Older Americans have been witness to great social and political changes in the lives and acceptance of LGBT people in American society. As the Stonewall generation of boomers near their later life, is estimated that as many as 7 million older adults will identify as LGBT by 2030. These seniors face unique challenges in accessing the care and rights that enable them to age with dignity and stability. For many LGBT seniors, recent research has marked a disconcerting trend of going "back into the closet" for fear of intolerance and survival in senior housing, assistance and care facilities. This capstone will examine those issues related to aging, homophobia, and social justice academically and in service learning with local organization Gay & Grey, a program of Friendly House in NW Portland.