San Francisco Considers Elderly LGBT Task Force

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is being asked to develop a plan to help aging members of the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community with a task force that would come up with policy recommendations.

Supervisor Scott Wiener, who proposed the task force, said he is concerned about LGBT seniors as they transition into their twilight years. Wiener said they deal with all of the usual problems association with growing old, and others as well.

“That includes those who are aging with HIV, dealing with the fact that they are less likely to have adult children to help care for them, and also discrimination,” said Weiner.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

Seth Kilbourn, director of Open House, is trying to build senior LGBT housing at Market and Laguna. He said one goal is to prevent isolation.

“What Open House tries to do is really maximize the resources that exist within the community for LGBT seniors, and make sure that they have access to the housing and care that they need,” said Kilbourn.

There are an estimated 25,000 senior LGBT residents in San Francisco, and that number is expected to double by 2030.

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