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LGBT Social Security Campaign

By Charlotte Robinson, October 18, 2013
Now that legally married gay & lesbian couples have federal rights the National Seniors Foundation is launching a social security & LGBT national education campaign. Northern California is hosting the first “Know Your Rights” Town Hall meetings to inform the LGBT community of their new benefit eligibility to be held October 29th to 31st in Novato, San Francisco & Santa Rosa, California. As you know for the first time in its long history, the Social Security Administration is providing benefits to gay & lesbian married couples thanks to the Supreme Court’s June 2013 Windsor ruling in the Defense of Marriage Act. This is a significant development with important financial implications for millions of elder lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender Americans, same gender spouses, widows & children of LGBT parents. Carroll L. Estes, Ph.D., National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare Foundation Board Chair stated, “The National Committee Foundation is proud to lead this campaign to educate millions of LGBT Americans about access to their earned Social Security benefits. It’s vital that we get the word out to the LGBT community so that they can begin the process of filing for benefits as the Social Security Administration finalizes its new regulations. For too long, the LGBT community has been treated as second-class citizens in the federal benefits system; however, that day is done & we are working hard to ensure America’s gay & lesbian couples know their rights.” The program “Know Your Rights” is the first of its kind in the nation & a model for a national education campaign reaching millions of LGBT Americans coast to coast. These outreach programs will include panel discussions with the Social Security Administration, legal experts, seniors’ & LGBT advocates.
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