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Ruthie & Connie LGBTQI+ Elder Act

By Charlotte Robinson, May 24, 2023

With over 500 anti-LGBTQ bills circulating among local legislatures U.S. Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Becca Balint (D-VT) & Maxwell Alejandro Frost (D-FL) have re-introduced the Ruthie & Connie LGBTQ Elder Americans Act that would improve aging supports for older LGBTQ people nationwide as we head into Pride & in recognition of Older Americans Month. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici stated, “It is unacceptable that decades of discrimination have left many LGBTQI+ seniors without the support & resources they need to stay healthy as they age. I’m grateful for Ruthie & Connie’s advocacy on behalf of LGBTQI+ seniors & I’m glad to lead this legislation in their honor so everyone can access the care & services they need without discrimination.” Michael Adams SAGE CEO concluded, “All older people, including LGBTQ+ older people, deserve to be able to age in their community, with necessary services & supports. We commend Representatives Bonamici, Balint & Frost on reintroducing the Ruthie & Connie LGBTQI+ Elder Americans Act. And we honor the work of our many LGBTQ+ pioneers, like Ruthie Berman & her late wife Connie Kurtz, whose tireless advocacy made this bill a reality. We eagerly anticipate working alongside her & other LGBTQ+ trailblazers nationwide to pass this bill." I talked to Ruthie Berman in this exclusive podcast about her life with Connie. LISTEN  

1 comment:

Ruthie Berman said...

It is crucial to recognize the significant obstacles faced by older LGBTQ+ individuals, particularly transgender elders, when it comes to accessing aging services and support. It is important not to overlook the fact that these remarkable LGBTQ+ elders dedicated a major portion of their lives advocating for, uplifting, and contributing to the development of our country. I know my beloved Connie would be proud of our continued fight – let’s make sure this legislation is passed so we can all age with the dignity and respect we all deserve.

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