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New York Bill Addresses LGBTQ Elders

By Charlotte Robinson, May 20, 2022


The New York State legislature has passed New York S78A/7855 & when signed into law this critical bill will officially designate LGBTQ elders & older New Yorkers living with HIV as populations of “greatest social need” in state programs & services for older New Yorkers. This legislation will help ensure all older LGBTQ & HIV+ New Yorkers can access the services they need to age in place. Lynn Faria, Executive Vice President at SAGE stated, "We applaud Assembly member Bronson, Senator Hoylman & the New York State legislature on their steadfast leadership in passing this crucial bill. This legislation will have a marked impact on so many LGBTQ+ elders & older people living with HIV in the great Empire State, ensuring that LGBTQ+ older people & older people living with HIV receive the culturally competent aging services & supports our community deserves. Building on the progress led by the New York State Office for the Aging, this legislation puts New York in its rightful place as a leader for the LGBTQ+ community as we age. We look forward to Governor Hochul signing this bill into law.” SAGE is the world's largest & oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ older people. Founded in 1978 & headquartered in NYC SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services & consumer resources to LGBTQ older people & their caregivers. SAGE also advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBTQ elders, provides education & technical assistance for aging providers & LGBTQ community organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBTQ Aging & cultural competency training through SAGECare. For More Info…

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