Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Report on Policy Changes to Improve Lives of LGBT Seniors
New York, June 14, 2012— Older LGBT Americans often face discrimination, mistreatment, and social isolation due to their sexual orientation. A new report released today by the Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic outlines policy changes states can make to improve the lives of LGBT seniors. The report, “Elder Equality: A Roadmap for Supporting and Protecting LBGT Seniors,” focuses on caregiving, housing, and health care programs in Florida and also provides a set of recommendations advocates throughout the country can adopt and/or tailor to their individual states.
- ensure that state aging programs are attentive to the needs of LGBT seniors;
- extend Medicaid impoverishment and family medical leave protections to LGBT families; and
- protect and support LGBT seniors’ access to caregiving, health care, and housing.
Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic addresses cutting-edge issues in sexuality and gender law through litigation, legislation, public policy analysis and other forms of advocacy. Under the guidance of Professor Suzanne Goldberg, clinic students have worked on a wide range of projects, from constitutional litigation to legislative advocacy to immigration cases, to serve both individual and organizational clients in cases involving issues of sexuality and gender law.