February 11, 2020

Counting LGBT Communities: SAGE and the 2020 Census

by SAGE Communications / Diverse Elders Coaltion

For the first time, the 2020 Census will add specific checkboxes for same-sex couples to identify themselves in the question about how each person in the household is related to the person who filled out the questionnaire. The new census form will include separate categories for “opposite-sex” and “same-sex” spouses and unmarried partners.

While we still await questions about sexual orientation and gender identity to be added to the census, this is a crucial opportunity for LGBT households to be counted in 2020 that brings us one step closer to understanding and identifying our community members across the country.

»Read full article on the Diverse Elders Coalition website

March 2020

Essential LGBTQ+ Healthcare Background for Nurses

The LGBTQ+ community is large in the United States, but continues to experience myriad healthcare hurdles. Further, this community faces unique health concerns that heterosexual and cisgender peers do not. This is an even greater issue for older LBGTQ+ adults who need support as they plan for future health, finances, and long-term care. Working in hospitals, patient homes, assisted-living facilities and nursing homes provides nurses with a chance to work directly with aging LGBTQ+ patients. If you are considering or actively pursuing a career in nursing, you are in a unique position to help and affect change. This article, from the University of North Dakota Online Master of Science in Nursing program, discusses the following topics:

• LGBTQ+ Health Disparities
• LGBTQ+ Financial Planning
• Estate Planning Issues for LGBTQ+
• Senior LGBTQ+ Inclusive Housing and Long Term Care
• General Resources for the LGBTQ+ Community

»Read full article at the University of North Dakota website

September 16, 2019

Arizona Supreme Court rules business can discriminate against gays and lesbians

by Bill Browning

The Brush & Nib Studio’s owners have won a major LGBTQ discrimination case despite never being accused of discriminating against anyone. Instead, the business preemptively sued for the right to refuse to print wedding invitations for gay and lesbian couples in an attempt to nullify the city of Phoenix’s nondiscrimination law.

The company was represented by the anti-LGBT hate group, Alliance Defending Freedom. The devious group serves as the legal arm of the religious right activist movement and, conveniently enough, they wrote the company’s operating agreement shortly before filing the lawsuit on their behalf…

»read full article in LGBTQ Nation

August 2019

LGBTQ+ GUIDE TO ONLINE SAFETY

vpnMentor conducted a survey in which 695 LGBTQ+ people worldwide were asked about their experiences online as they relate to their sexual orientation and gender identity. The results illuminated the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community. As experts in the field of cybersecurity, it is our mission to provide practical strategies for coping with adversity, bigotry, and abuse on the web, which is why we created this guide.

»vpnMentor’s LGBTQ+ GUIDE TO ONLINE SAFETY

MAPPING LGBTQ EQUALITY: 2010-2020

Movement Advancement Project PDF for 2010 to 2020 report

At the start of a new decade, lawmakers across the country are moving ahead with bills that, among other things, would repeal nondiscrimination protections and make it a felony to provide transgender youth with medically necessary care. In a year when the Supreme Court will decide three cases that will either affirm lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people employment protections—or grant employers a right to discriminate under federal law—the variety of LGBTQ laws and policies at the local, state, and federal levels makes one pause to consider: in the fight for LGBTQ equality, how much progress has been made over the past ten years?

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finding a spiritual home in Tucson

No More Wandering: Back to My Jewish Roots

by Judith Weiser

After a classical Reform Jewish upbringing in the 1950’s and 60’s, I left home for college and essentially started my own version of “40 years of wandering in the wilderness.” In my mid-fifties, I found myself wanting to get back to my Jewish roots and checked out all of the reform congregations in Tucson. I eventually joined Congregation M’kor Hayim (“Source of Life”) after meeting and being impressed by Rabbi Helen Cohn. The congregation is the only reform group in Tucson without a religious school. Why is that significant… »MORE

May 13, 2019

Be Med Smart!

Medication problems plague people of all ages as well as families, caregivers, and the entire health care system. Medication errors among older people cost about $177 billion each year. If such errors were counted as a disease, they would be the fifth leading cause of death for Americans over 65.

Safely dispose of unused meds. The City of Tucson and Pima County provide permanent prescription drug drop boxes. DON’T put them in the trash or flush them down the toilet!
»Dispose-a-med info on City of Tucson website
»Dispose-a-med info on Pima County website

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Be Med Smart, Pima Council on Aging