OpenHouse Training Sessions: Improving Services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Older Adults


Over 20,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults age 60+ live in San Francisco. Learn how you can help create safer, more welcoming services and programs for LGBT older adults with these upcoming sessions from Openhouse LGBT Aging Cultural Training for Senior Service Providers. Through engaging discussion, interactive exercises and case studies learn strategies, better practices and approaches to working with LGBT older adults.

LGBT seniors face unique issues: lifelong discrimination, alienation from biological families, lack of LGBT-sensitive healthcare, lack of social supports for their families, etc. Many LGBT seniors are suspicious of community agencies having lived during a time when they could be arrested, threatened, fired, and jailed based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Transgender seniors face a variety of issues related to healthcare, employment, legal standing, and more.  LGBT older adults are five times less likely than their heterosexual counterparts to access health and social services available to all seniors through the Older Americans Act.  

Training dates and room locations (all at 1650 Mission):
-Fri 6/3, 10-12: 4th Floor, Mission Room
-Fri 6/10, 2-4: 5th Floor, Golden Gate Room
-Mon 6/13, 3-5: 4th Floor, Mission Room
-Fri 6/17,  2-4: 5th Floor, Golden Gate Room
-Tue 6/28, 10-12: 4th Floor, Mission Room

For questions, call Ariel Mellinger, Program Coordinator at Openhouse. 415.296.8995 x315

1650 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94102