Former Intern Anna Coughlan Researching LGB Women and Long Term Care

Anna Coughlan

You may remember our amazing Intern Anna Coughlin.  While Anna was with us, she wrote this op-ed on LGBTQ Aging for the Washington Blade:  DC Office of Aging Failing our LGBT Elders.

Anna is currently working on her senior thesis which is on “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and same-gender attracted women who live in long term care”

Please read the announcement below, and if you can support Anna in this important work, you can reach her directly at

Thanks everyone!


Hello! My name is Anna Coughlan and I am a senior undergraduate student at George Washington University. I am currently completing my senior thesis to research and understand the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and same-gender attracted women who live in long term care. As a way to expand the diversity of perspectives included in my research, I am currently reaching out to  long term care providers, long term care residents (LGBT and non-LGBT alike), and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and same-gender attracted women over the age of 60 who think they might need long term care in their lifetime. I would like to have an in person interview, about an hour in length, with these participants, and discuss their experiences and/or expectations about long term care.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact me by email at, or by phone at 703-624-6983. You may also reach out to my professor and research supervisor Emily Morrison at, or call her office phone at 202-994-6167.

This research project has been approved by George Washington University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). Confidentially is a top priority for me while conducting this research project. Participants’ identity, and any identifying information about them, will remain confidential in all reports. I will ask to record our interview for my research notes, and the recording will be deleted after the study is concluded.

LGBTQ Aging Town Hall

LGBTQ Aging Town Hall
LGBTQ Aging Town Hall
LGBTQ Aging Town Hall

Thank you to everyone who came out to the LGBTQ Aging Town Hall.   Thanks especially to all the LGBTQ older adults who came out and made their voices heard!

To follow the discussion from the town hall, you can check out the hashtag #LGBTQAgingDC on Twitter.   Click here to see the discussion.  The Washington Blade also wrote a story about the town hall.  Click here to read the Washington Blade Story.

Here are a few quick follow up notes for folks who were at the Town Hall.

We remain steadfast in our requests from the Office of Aging.

  • Capacity building grants to LGBTQ organizations in DC that want to serve LGBTQ Older Adults
  • A congregant meal program for LGBTQ older adults in the District
  • Better data on LGBTQ older adults.

As always we encourage you to follow Center Aging on facebook at or on twitter at for updates.   You can also call the DC Center support desk during office hours at 202 682-2245.

LGBTQ older adults are welcome to join us for Coffee & Conversation, which takes place every Monday morning from 10:00 AM to Noon at the DC Center.   We also host a lunch for LGBTQ older adults on the fourth Friday of every month from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.  Finally, we hope you will also join us on Thanksgiving Day starting at 1:00 PM (and bring your favorite board game!).

You all gave some great suggestions to the Office of Aging this week, and it remains to be seen what they will do with those suggestions.  Every older adult in the District deserves an equal opportunity to thrive in their senior years, and we know the Office of Aging is just not reaching our community the way they should be.   We will see what happens, but in the meantime, we will keep pushing for equity, I know you will keep pushing as well.  Thanks everyone!

-David Mariner




Meet Juan

This is a weekly newsletter to put a face to the staff at the DC Center. Every week we will be featuring a staff member. This week, meet Juan! Juan is our Development Intern.



Why did you start working at The DC Center?

I’m apart of a program that takes university students from the west coast, and places them in washington D.C.. Part of the program having a local internship, and I knew I wanted to work in a field that deals with LGBT folks. It doesn’t more in the queer field than a community center!

What is music anthem?

Not to be too young, but Be Alright by Ms. Ariana Grande and Pillowtalk by Zayn Malik

What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community?

Honestly, the resilience I see in the folks of our community is one my favorite traits. I love seeing a queer or gender non-conforming individual simply daring to exist in spaces that dont want use to be there. Also, the humor a lot of the members in our community poses is one of my favorite things to indulge in. It’s cathartic being able to laugh at shared pain and experiences with strangers.

What is your favorite spot in DC and what do you do there?

I’ve recently relocated to the D.C. area, so I don’t know too much about anything here. BUT, there is a cute little ramen shop I’ve been to a few times that I love to go to.

What do you think the LGBTQ+ community needs to improve on?

Oh man. Alright, coming from the perspective of cisgendered gay Mexican man I notice the violence against womxn does not differ from our straight male peers. Gay men love to utilize feminine culture as part of our lives and humor, yet are quick to harm non-male identifying individuals.

What is your favorite Queer movie?

Road to El Derado.

What has been your favorite moment while working in The DC Center?

Beginning to understand how important the center is. With of all of its’ branches and programs offered, the folks here at the center are honestly dedicated to doing important work needed in our community. I also love heading back home everyday and telling my housemates how gay my day was.

What clothing item is a staple in your wardrobe?

I wear the same brand of shoes everyday like a cartoon character who never changes outfits. Plus, my beautiful smile.

What color would you paint the White House, given the chance?

My favorite color is baby pink and orange, so I’d paint it a nice forest green.

Who do you most look up to in the queer community?

Every single one of my queer friends. Like I said before, daring to exist and be is a brave and beautiful thing to accomplish everyday.

Volunteers Wanted For Research Study

Sin Marrones, Sin Gays: Experiences of Stigma Among Gay Latino Men in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Region

Are you over the age of 18?  Do you identify as a gay Latino male?  I am interested in speaking with gay Latino men about their experiences with stereotyping.  The interview would last approximately an hour.  During the interview you would be asked to discuss your view of the gay and Latino communities, your experiences with discrimination because of being gay and/or Latino, and your experiences with religion, machismo, and familismo.  Participants will receive a $30 gift card in appreciation of completing the interview.

For further questions contact Trevor Rose, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Health Administration & Policy, at 410-598-2412 or 

This research is conducted under the direction of Dr. Sarah Chard, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Health Administration & Policy, at 410-455-3380 or

Recruiting Smokers with HIV (Truth Initiative)


We are seeking volunteers to participate in a research study being done to understand how to create a quit smoking program for people in the Washington, D.C. area who have HIV and who smoke. We want to understand what type of support system, types of messages, and ways of providing support are best for people living with HIV. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, have HIV infection, currently smoke cigarettes every day, and not currently have any major medical condition (such as heart disease not controlled by medication). Participants receive up to $125.

Two study visits are required, which will last approximately 1 hour each. All participants will get advice on how to quit smoking. Some participants will be signed up for a text messaging program, which will last for 30 days.

If you are interested, please contact study staff at 202-454-5746 or

Principal Investigator: Jessica Elf, Chesapeake IRB Protocol #: Pro00022163

Recruiting for TEAM Training Study (GW Cancer Center)

LGBT Cancer Project

TEAM (Together – Equitable – Accessible – Meaningful) Training Study

*en español abajo*

The TEAM education program aims to improve the productivity of patient-provider interactions to promote accessible, equitable and patient-centered care that results in better health outcomes for those impacted by cancer.

We are actively recruiting individuals for telephone interviews who have experienced a diagnosis of cancer, who identify as female, transgender, or genderqueer, and who identify as a:

  • Racial minority (e.g. African American, African Immigrant, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Asian American, Middle Eastern etc.)​
  • Ethnic minority (e.g. Hispani​​c/Latinx)​​
  • Sexual minority (e.g. Lesbian, Bisexual, Pansexual, etc.)​
  • R​eligious minority (e.g. Muslim, Jewish, Jehovah’s Witness, Buddhist, Hindu, Atheist, Agnostic, etc.​)
  • Resident of a rural area​

Our team at GW is conducting interviews in English and Spanish to inform the development of educational resources for health care providers. Call 202-823-3376 Monday-Saturday between 9am-9pm ET if you would like to participate or learn more! You will receive a $50 Amazon gift card if you complete the focus group.




Ha recibido un diagnostico de cancer? Cuentenos su historia. Los investigadores del Centro de Cancer de la Universidad George Washington estan buscando personas para participar en una entrevista grupal que:

  • Tengan 18 años de edad o mas
  • Recibieron atencion medica por un diagnostico de cancer en Estados Unidos
  • Se identifican como mujeres, transgenero o genderqueer


Llamen al 202-823-3853 de lunes a sabado de 9am a 9pm ET si desea participar o conocer mas! Recibira una tarjeta de regalo de Amazon de $50 si completa la entrevista grupal. Vea el volante abajo para mas informacion.



Strategy Sessions on Homelessness Among LGBTQ+ Adults

Mayors Office of LGBTQ Affairs
Mayors Office of LGBTQ Affairs
Mayors Office of LGBTQ Affairs

The Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs and the DC Department of Human Services (DHS) will host a series of strategy sessions on homelessness among LGBTQ+ Adults.

Homelessness disproportionately impacts members of the LGBTQ+ community. We’ve made incredible advances for youth in our city but adults experiencing homelessness also have important needs that Mayor Bowser and the government of the District of Columbia is committed to better understanding and serving. To that end, the Department of Human Services (DHS) is partnering with the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs to facilitate four community conversations about homeless services for members of the LGBTQ+ population.

In September, the first conversation will focus on the needs of single women experiencing homelessness in the LGBTQ+ community. Our goal is to create separate time and space to focus solely on key LGBTQ+ constituencies and engage expert stakeholders in identifying gaps in the existing service provision for those experiencing homelessness. Other sessions will focus on single men, LGBTQ couples and families and each session will look at addressing the needs of LGBTQ seniors.

With feedback from key stakeholders, service providers and other government agencies we can create a more informed vision and strategy for improving support to the LGBTQ community by January 1, 2018.

For more information please contact Deputy Director Terrance Laney at