The LGBT Older Adult Coalition was formed in 2010. It is a collaboration of people and organizations in Southeastern Michigan who are working to establish effective programs and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults. It is hosted by the ACLU of Michigan and is supported by a grant from the HOPE Fund.
Participating representatives attend from: ACLU of Michigan, Adult Well-Being Services, Affirmations, Area Agency on Aging 1-B, KICK, Citizens for Better Care, The Jim Toy Community Center, Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, Oakland Family Services, Optimal Care Inc, and The Village of Redford.
Meetings are open to any and all interested parties. Meetings are generally scheduled for the 3rd Wednesday of every month, 9:30am-11:00am at the ACLU offices in Detroit. For more information or to verify meeting dates, please contact Jay Kaplan at the ACLU, firstname.lastname@example.org, 313.578.6812
The LGBT Older Adult Coalition builds awareness and promotes change so that LGBT older adults may age with dignity and authenticity.
The LGBT Older Adult Coalition envisions a world where historically marginalized groups will be empowered and differences will be embraced. Full enjoyment of human rights, civil rights and quality of life will be the standard for the aging LGBT community.
All people are equal in human worth and dignity.
Jay Kaplan, Co-Chair | Director of the LGBT Project at the ACLU of Michigan
Kathleen LaTosch, Co-Chair | Special Projects Consultant at LaTosch Consulting
Natalie Pearce, Secretary | Training & LGBT Programs Specialist at AAA1-B
Judy Lewis, Provider Reception Coordinator & Program Administrator
Reduced isolation and increased connection by:
- Working toward creating a SAGE Chapter
- Developing a website for LGBT Older Adults in Metro Detroit
- Hosting 2nd Annual Summit
Provided information, access and advocacy on health care and housing by:
Improved and increased LGBT competent care in community-based and institutional settings by:
- Identifying 10-20 LGBT Welcoming and affirmative providers across the spectrum of older adult care services
- Adopting and promoting standards of care
- Presenting standards of care at conferences for professionals
- Creating LGBT cultural competency training for providers
Increased the competency of LGBT older adults to manage their own affairs by:
- Creating a training series focusing on legal, financial, community, and medical issues.