LGBTQ Aging: What You Need to Know
Build the Future
Gary Michovich and Kathleen M. Sullivan, Ph.D., Jewish Family and Child Services
Workshop Block 3: Saturday, October 21 - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Salon A 

Older LGBTQ people today came of age in the most openly hostile and homophobic time in our nation's history. A real and constant threat of being arrested, outed, institutionalized against their will and being labeled sick and mentally ill were all part of the lived experience. Fear of institutions, the medical community and mainstream providers of care create barriers to services that our community can help tear down. When older LGBTQ adults are in environments where they feel accepted, safe and have a sense of belonging they thrive. Learn about innovative supportive programming for your city that connect generations and honor those upon whose shoulders our movement for full equality stand.

Presenter Bio

Gary is a retired telecommunications executive who spent a successful career at both Sprint and AT&T.  He held various positions during his tenure in marketing, large corporate ales, sales management and international consulting. Since retiring from AT&T, Gary keeps busy managing and growing a portfolio of real estate that he and his husband Henri have acquired during the 34 years that they are together.  In his free time, Gary and his partner look to travel to the far corners of the world having traveled to over 65 countries, thus far.  Gary holds an IMBA in International Management from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management, has done graduate studies at Oxford University in international business, and holds a BA in Italian Literature from Loyola University of Chicago where two of his undergraduate years were spent studying in Rome Italy.  Gary currently is working in partnership with LINC Housing to develop a $40 million affordable LGBTQ Senior Living and LGBTQ Homeless Youth housing facility in the city of Long Beach, CA.  Gary serves on the Board of Directors of PFLAG Long Beach, CA,  and frequently speaks publicly on LGBTQ issues as a member of the speaker’s bureau.

An experienced political activist & campaign manager for 15 years, Dr. Kathleen M. Sullivan returned to academia to make a positive impact in the lives of older adults. At the Institute on Aging, Dr. Sullivan led Oregon’s first study of transportation for older adults in the state of Oregon and a study forecasting the needs of the baby boom population. While the Director of the Senior Services Department of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Dr. Sullivan created the largest most comprehensive suite of services for LGBT older adults in the nation. The Department serves to over 3,500 LGBT older adults in LA County including housing, case management, nutrition, social, enrichment, veteran support and educational programming. She is currently the Interim Executive Director of Jewish Family and Child Services in Portland.               

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