This bill was reintroduced in the Senate by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) as S.1765 on July 14, 2015 and in the House as the Ruthie and Connie LGBT Elder Americans Act of 2015 as H.R. 3793 by Rep. Patrick Murphy (FL-18) on October 21, 2015.
This bill will amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to designate LGBTQ older adults as a population with "greatest social need," permanently establish the National Resource Center on LGBTQ Aging, and require the research and collection of data on LGBTQ elders. The bill would also require the Assistant Secretary for Aging to report on the number of LGBTQ individuals reached through activities carried out under the act and the effectiveness of those activities in reaching LGBTQ older adults.
PFLAG Talking Points
- LGBTQ elders need our support. If this bill were to pass, the amendment would create better practices and protections for people in the elderly community.
- LGBTQ elders need services. The community of LGBTQ elders, a group that has typically been a more vulnerable population, will be receiving services that will be better suited to their needs.
- We need accurate information about the current state of the LGBTQ elder community. The research, data, and reports that would be implemented as a result of this bill will allow service providers to better address the needs the LGBTQ elderly population.