NOTICE: As of Oct 1, 2019, our agency will be renamed the Department of Aging and Disability Services to better reflect our core services

LGBT Resources for Older Adults

 
We are proud to announce that our staff have received training from the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging and the State Unit on Aging is now a Safe Space for our friends in the LGBT community.

 

 
Community Centers
The Triangle Community Center
618 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850
Executive Director: Anthony Crisci
Phone: (203) 853-0600  
Email: tcc@ct.gay

New Haven Pride Center
84 Orange Street, New Haven, CT  06510
Co-Presidents: Michelle McCleary and Joshua O’Connell
Phone: (203) 387-2252  
Email: nhglcc@gmail.com

Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective

1841 Broad Street, Hartford, CT 06110
64 Church Street (HC East), Manchester, CT
Executive Director: Linda Estabrook
Phone: (860) 278-4163

 

Support Groups
LGBTQ Bereavement Drop-In Group
A monthly support group for LGBTQ women and men who are grieving the death of a partner. The group is open to past and present widows, widowers, partners and longtime significant others of the deceased.
Location: Women’s Center for Psychotherapy, LLC
784 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT  06110
Contact WCP at (860) 523-4450 x51 for more information
  • Meets 2nd Wednesday of each month 7:00pm-8:15pm
  • Group is hosted by a LGBT community volunteer and a WCP therapist
  • The group is drop in and people are welcome to attend one or ongoing meetings   
  • There is no fee.
 
Caregiver Support Group
3rd Wednesday of the Month at 7:00pm. Participants must pre-register before attending. 
Location: Spring Glen Church
The Great Hall
1825 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06517
Contact John Proto, (203) 654-9189
 
Legal Support
LAMBDA Legal
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund
(860) 247-6090
CWEALF is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women, girls and their families to achieve equal opportunities in their personal and professional lives.

Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders
1-800-455-GLAD
Through strategic litigation, public policy, and education, GLAD has achieved scores of legal victories to end discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression.
 
Advocacy
SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline
Operated by the GLBT National Help Center, this hotline offers peer-support to callers who are often very isolated sometimes still closeted, and in need of a caring, non-judgmental person to talk with. The folks on the hotline don't give advice, instead they listen and they care!
Open Monday- Friday 4pm-midnight, Eastern Time and on Saturday from noon- 5pm Eastern Time.  
Call 1-888-234-SAGE or email SAGE@GLBThotline.org

Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and societal acceptance of LGBT people through its threefold mission of support, education and advocacy.

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
GLSEN works to ensure that LGBT students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment.

LGBT Aging Advocacy
A coalition of service providers and LGBT community members working to create an open and affirming aging services environment for LGBT elders in Connecticut.
 
The mission of the Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition (CTAC) is to make Connecticut a safe and tolerant place for the trans and gender non-conforming individual through education and social advocacy.

Greater Than AIDS
“Together we are greater than AIDS”: be educated, informed and empowered to advocate for and take care of yourself and others.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force trains activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda, and advances pro-LGBT legislation, as well as generating groundbreaking research.

SAGE Services
SAGE offers supportive services and consumer resources for LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, and provides training for aging providers and LGBT organizations.

The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults.

HIV.gov
The mission of HIV.gov is to expand visibility of timely and relevant Federal HIV policies, programs, and resources to the American public.

ACT- AIDS Connecticut
AIDS Connecticut (ACT), in partnership with its member agencies, improves the lives of people impacted by HIV through care and supportive services, housing, advocacy and prevention.

AARP - LGBT Pride
The American Association of Retired Persons’ dedicated page to LGBT issues and concerns.

Stonewall Speakers
(860) 523-9799
An organization that offers trained speakers to come to your class, faith community, or civic group to talk about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.
 
 
Community Living Resources
In March 2010 Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) was funded to create the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. A Resource Center website was launched in October of 2011 and can be accessed at http://lgbtagingcenter.org.

 

SAGE is a non-profit agency that has been addressing the needs of LGBT elders for over 30 years. SAGE works with LGBT elders to address and overcome the challenges of discrimination in senior service settings, while also being an essential component in the creation of informal caregiving support, and development of new "family" networks. A network of SAGE affiliates have been created across the country to serve LGBT elders at the local level.  
LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN)
LAIN, a constituent group of the American Society on Aging, works to raise awareness about the concerns of LGBT elders and about the unique barriers they encounter in gaining access to housing, healthcare, long-term care and other needed services. LAIN has an excellent Website with a great deal of information including a The LGBT Aging Resources Clearinghouse. 

 

Research & Information
AIDS Community Research Initiative of America
ACRIA offers critical HIV healthcare education to HIV-positive people and their caregivers all around the world and provides a variety of consulting services (technical assistance, monitoring and evaluation, curriculum development, and web-based learning among them) to strengthen AIDS and other service organizations across the country.

 

HIV.gov
The mission of HIV.gov is to expand visibility of timely and relevant Federal HIV policies, programs, and resources to the American public.
 
LGBT individuals have special health concerns besides the usual ones that affect most men and women. MedlinePlus has a section on their Website that provides information about these specific health issues.
 
A page dedicated to information and resources on older adults and HIV/AIDS.
 
This report, funded by the Arcus Foundation, was co-authored by six national organizations reports on the results of a survey conducted to better understand the experiences of LGBT older adults in long-term care settings.
 
The Aging and Health Report: Disparities and Resilience among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults
Aging and health issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender(LGBT) baby boomers have been largely ignored by services, policies and research. These seniors face higher rates of disability, physical and mental distress and a lack of access to services. This report is designed to help us better understand the aging and health needs of LGBT adults 50 years of age and older.