Related: Older gay gentlemen offer 15 life lessons to their younger gay counterparts“As Governor, one of my top priorities is making sure all New Yorkers receive the care and help they need regardless of their identity,” Hochul said.“There is drastic inequity in physical and mental care for older adults in the LGBTQ community, and this legislation is an important step in addressing those inequities while helping ensure LGBTQ older New Yorkers receive the same respect and support as anyone else in the state.”New York follows in the footsteps of California and Illinois by specifically including LGBTQ communities in the Older Americans Act.The legislation was carried in both chambers by out, gay lawmakers: State Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblymember Harry Bronson.When the bill passed the state senate last year, Hoylman explained why LGBTQ seniors deserve special consideration.
Many grew up in a time when they face tremendous stigma or ostracization for being themselves.“As a result, LGBTQ elders tend to be more isolated, have smaller support networks, and less financial stability than their peers.
This legislation will ensure that New York prioritizes connecting LGBTQ elders to the LGBTQ-affirming services and support they need to age with dignity.”Thank you @bradhoylman and @GovKathyHochul for ensuring this important bill becomes law.
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