There is no denying the population is aging. Recent studies show that many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender seniors fear discrimination, disrespect or worse by health care workers and residents of elder housing facilities. This year 77 million baby boomers will turn 65 years old. According to SAGE, the New York – based group Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, at least 1.5 million seniors are gay, a number expected to double by 2030. To answer demands, developers in Philadelphia have secured a site and initial funding for what will be a GLBT -friendly affordable housing facilities. Although anti – discrimination laws prohibit gay-only housing, but projects can be made GLBT – friendly through marketing and location. And while private retirement facilities targeted at the gay community exist, such residences are often out of reach for all but the wealthiest seniors. The U.S. Census figures estimate about 49% of Americans over 65 could be considered poor or low – income. The affordable housing project in Philadelphia is following a national trend, with the first affordable housing complex for gay elders in the United States in Los Angeles, California. Full article.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) does not enforce the protections that prohibit discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation. To date, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. However, there has been a lot of buzz in the federal courts surrounding gay rights. Specifically, a recent repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy and two laws restricting gay rights — the federal Defense of Marriage Act and the California ban on same – sex marriage – have been declared unconstitutional by federal judges in recent months. These three recent decisions on gay rights issues suggest that federal judges are increasingly willing to strike down what they see as anti – gay bias embodied in legislation.

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