Over the Rainbow
ALERT: Due to popular demand, we have had to create a waiting list for this event. HOWEVER! - We do plan to Web stream the entire event with an archive to make available. Thanks for your interest!
REGISTRATION: You must register to attend
LUNCH: Box lunch and snacks included
SPONSORSHIPS: Sponsorships to defray costs are welcome. Please contact Jackson.Holtz@seiu775.org for more information.
By 2030, Washington state demographics will shift dramatically towards an aging population with more than one-in-five residents over 65. Among this senior demographic will be a wave of LGBTQ people who will face unique challenges in finding culturally competent long-term care whether they seek the care at home, in community based settings, or in institutions.
Over the Rainbow: The Washington State LGBTQ Aging & Long-term Care Summit will convene nationally known and regional experts who understand the needs of this diverse community. This exciting forum will review what can be done to avoid re-closeting individuals as they reach their golden years and how best to embrace and manage associated needs. The program will include a key note address, break-out time with a choice of three sessions, and a closing plenary.
Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen is the Director of the Institute for Multigenerational Health at the School of Social Work, University of Washington. She is conducting the first national study of health disparities among LGBTQ people. She'll share some of the same findings she's already presented to Congress and The White House.
Understanding Retirement and Government Benefits for LGBTQ Seniors
Even before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down DOMA earlier this summer, navigating the complex government benefits has been challenging for the LGBTQ community. This panel will discuss what long-term care is available, what's not, and will begin to address the many retirement and federal benefits now available to married same-sex couples.
Best Practices for LGBTQ Seniors
Coming out, the time when LGBTQ share their identity with others, can be a turning point that leads to healthier relationships and self-esteem. Sadly, for many LGBTQ seniors, seeking long-term care can lead to a phenomenon known as recloseting, when people feel they must again conceal their sexual identities. Our panel will discuss the best ways to embrace and integrate the LGBTQ community.
Painting the Rainbow: Population Specific Needs within LGBTQ community
This panel will consider the distinct needs of various specific populations within the LGBTQ community, including people of color, transgender people, immigrant communities, people living with HIV/AIDs, and people struggling with income inequality.
Building off key learnings compiled during the afternoon, the closing session will leverage the day's events into tangible actions by focusing on a shared legislative agenda. A combination of lawmakers and lobbyists who represent seniors and the LGBTQ community will set goals for what can be accomplished in the near term; and what long-term goals should be shared.
Special needs: The event space is ADA accessible. If you require additional needs, please let us know. Translation may be available, if required. Please let us know if you require translation.
Supporting organizations include: SEIU Healthcare 775NW; SEIU Health Benefits Trust and Training Partnership; AARP of Washington; Caring Across Generations; CHC Services; Equal Rights Washington; Entre Hermanos; Ingersoll Gender Center; Human Rights Campaign; Jewish Family Service; Lambda Legal; Legal Voice; LGBTQ Allyship; Living Care Lifestyles; Pride Foundation; Seattle Counseling Service; Seattle Office for Civil Rights; The GSBA; and Washington CAN.
SEIU Healthcare 775NW Auditorium (View)
215 Columbia St
Seattle, WA 98104
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