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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: May 12, 2015 09:34 AM
From: Representative Peter Schweyer
To: All House members
Subject: SUBJECT: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Senior Community Grant Program
In the near future I plan to introduce a bill creating the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Senior Community Grant Program.

The program would provide grants to non-profit organizations and county or municipal governments for health care, cultural competency, computer training and job placement, social activities and other programs that specifically target the LGBT senior community. My legislation would appropriate $500,000 from the Lottery Fund for this grant program.

It is important to recognize that our LGBT seniors have very specific needs and these are challenges that are often unmet. According to The Aging and Health Report – Disparities and Resilience among LGBT Older Adults (as published on the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging), this subset of our population is:

  • More likely to experience higher rates of mental distress and depression than other seniors
  • Less likely to be partnered or married which may result in less social and financial support in their golden years
  • Have a greater concern about mainstream services and programs due to the possibility of discrimination and prejudice

Every single member of this esteemed body has professed their concern about seniors and we all strive to create legislation that allows them to age in a healthy environment and with the utmost dignity. I believe that my legislation will address a serious shortfall in our senior services and ask for your co-sponsorship.

Introduced as HB1576