Rep. Deutch Demands Trump Administration Not Erase LGBT Elders
Today, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus and Chair of the LGBT Aging Issues Task Force, led 48 of his House colleagues in demanding the Trump Administration reinstate LGBT demographic questions to the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP).
The NSOAAP is used to evaluate whether the billions of dollars in funding for programs assisting older Americans are being used efficiently and effectively. Since 2014, the NSOAAP has included LGBT-specific questions that yielded vital data on the extreme challenges facing LGBT elders. On March 13, 2017, the Administration on Community Living—which oversees the NSOAAP—revealed that they intended to remove the LGBT-specific questions from the 2017 survey.
“As we fight for full equality for our LGBT family, it’s important to recognize the unique needs of LGBT seniors," said Rep. Deutch. "Older LGBT Americans often face new levels of discrimination as they age and struggle with higher than average levels of poverty and social isolation. Federally funded programs should not contribute to this terrible homophobic and transphobic culture. We need the data from these surveys to better ensure that LGBT seniors are receiving the care they need and deserve, without prejudice.”
In 2011, a wide-ranging study from the National Senior Citizen Law Center (now called Justice in Aging) and other organizations captured alarming evidence of widespread discrimination against LGBT seniors in long-term care facilities.
A copy of the letter can be found here.