Pledge & Protect: Older Adults

Pledge and Protect serves the needs of LGBTQ older adults. Recent estimates show that nearly 15 million Americans identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. By 2030, LGBTQ adults ages 50 and older will number more than 5 million.

Due to unique challenges faced by this population, LGBTQ Older adults are at greater risk for social isolation, loneliness, health issues, and poverty. LGBTQ older adults are less likely to have children to rely on for care and are more likely to live alone compared to heterosexual adults. LGBTQ older adults are also more likely to live in poverty compared to heterosexual older adults.

To support LGBTQ older adults as they age, Garden State Equality has many workshops and programs to offer. 


Workshops and Presentations for LGBTQ Older Adults  

Senior Flick: How to Survive a Plague + Discussion on HIV and Aging
(Older Adults)

Garden State Equality has the rights to the critically acclaimed film, How to Survive a Plague. The film is the story of the brave young men and women who successfully reversed the tide of an epidemic, demanded the attention of a fearful nation and stopped AIDS from becoming a death sentence. People over the age of 50 account for 47% of Americans living diagnosed with HIV. Disparities for LGBTQ people are even greater, and older adults need to understand the scope of HIV/AIDS and ways to prevent it. 

To view the documentary How to Survive a Plague, please click here! 

Preparation for Aging
(Older Adults)
Many older adults are aging without a plan in place. Issues around caretaking, power of attorney, wills, and other legal issues begin to come up and many older adults are unprepared to tackle these issues. This preparation workshop will help LGBTQ older adults to start thinking about a plan that is tailored to their needs.

Know Your Rights Training
(Older Adults)
Many older LGBTQ adults have experienced a lifetime of discrimination and harassment. This training is dedicated to teaching LGBTQ older adults the tools necessary to advocate for their rights in housing, accessibility, healthcare, and employment. Knowing your rights can empower individuals to stand up for what is right.

Senior Flick: Gen Silent + Discussion of LGBTQ Aging Issues
(Older Adults)
Garden State Equality has the rights to the critically acclaimed documentary Gen Silent. Gen Silent follows the lives of six LGBTQ older adults and their experience in surviving the care system as they age. LGBTQ older adults that fought hard to be able to come out of the closet, are now going back in to survive. GSE can come to your organization to show this film, followed by a discussion of LGBTQ aging issues.

To view the documentary Gen Silent, please click here! 

Jeopardy: LGBTQ History
(Older Adults)
Garden State Equality can come to your organization for a fun game of Jeopardy. This game will cover history of the LGBTQ movement, activists, resources, and more.

LGBTQ Caregiver Mental Health Workshop
This workshop is for LGBTQ caregivers who may have neglected their own mental health status while providing care for their loved one. This training covers tips on self-care, mindfulness, and  resources to help support caregivers.


Workshops and Presentations for LGBTQ Older Adult Service Providers

Assistance with Forms
(Administrators/Healthcare Professionals/Social Services)
We can help you create an LGBTQ-affirming and inclusive space by updating organizational forms and policies for LGBTQ patients, reviewing techniques to modify procedures, behavior, and language to be inclusive.

LGBTQ Older Adult Social Service Provider Competency Training
(Administrators/Healthcare Professionals/Social Services)
This workshop is for any older adult service providers including but not limited to older adult living communities, senior centers, adult day cares, community centers, and more. This workshop will cover LGBTQ terminology, basics of sexual orientation and gender identity/gender expression, social inequalities, and health disparities specific to LGBTQ older adults. This training will also cover policies and laws in NJ. We will work with your facility to create a more inclusive place for all people.

Transgender 101 Workshop
(Administrators/Healthcare Professionals/Social Services)
This training will touch upon LGBTQ older adult issues but will focus primarily on transgender terminology, proper pronoun usage, health disparities, implications for providers, and ways to make your organization more diverse and inclusive for transgender individuals.

The Greying of HIV/AIDS
(Administrators/Healthcare Professionals/Social Services)
We offer competency trainings for providers about HIV/AIDS and its effect on LGBTQ older adults. People over the age of 50 account for 47% of Americans living diagnosed with HIV. Disparities for LGBTQ people are even greater, and older adult facilities need to provide competent services and assistance to help combat HIV/AIDS. Training includes the history of HIV/AIDS, current prevention and care methods, as well as recommendations and resources for combating this issue at organizational, community, and policy levels.