The AARP, formerly known as the American Association for Retired Persons, has launched a new online home for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans. The portal is called “Pride Comes in All Ages,” in honor of Pride Month.
The webpage, which is part of the larger AARP site, is designed to spotlight news, personal finance, relationships, and advice for older LGBT Americans. It features articles, videos, and radio about subjects such as HIV/AIDS, marriage equality, the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” LGBT-friendly health care, LGBT history, and a diverse array of other issues. Other resources include a glossary of important terms and information about AARP’s work with SAGE (Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders). The site’s initial articles include an interview with the Michael Adams, the director of SAGE, a guide to dating for gay men over 50 years old, and estate planning tips for LGBT couples.
The site also clarifies AARP’s official positions and advocacy efforts regarding LGBT issues. The organization prides itself on being inclusive of all groups of peopl, and ensures equality specifically in the areas of taxes, employment, long-term care, and retirement income. It advocates for antidiscrimination laws so that gay and lesbian couples can live together in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and other settings. It calls for freedom from discrimination in all aspects of the workplace and supports policies that protect against excessive tax burdens.
“We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate national Pride month than to launch this portal,” says Hugh Delehanty, senior vice president and editor in chief of AARP’s media properties, “which we hope will help members of the LGBT community and their loved ones get access to important information and relevant insights from experts and each other.”
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The AARP was founded in 1958 and is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps people over the age of 50 improve the quality of their lives. It has offices in all 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. “AARP’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for all as we age, leading positive social change, and delivering value to members through information, advocacy, and service,” it states. The elderly are often an ignored subset of the LGBT community, as the Bilerico Project points out, and their struggles often go unreported or ignored.
GLAAD applauds AARP’s role in supporting older generations of LGBT people, and we will continue to monitor developments of the Pride webpage.