ANC2F Supports DC Council Legislation for the LGBTQ Community

ANC2F

On Thursday August 15th, 2019, meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A (ANC2F), the Commission considered two resolutions introduced by Commissioner John Fanning in support of the LGBTQ Community.  Both measures passed unanimously.  Similar resolutions were passed by ANC1A (see related article),

The Care for LGBTQ Seniors and Seniors with HIV Amendment Act of 2019 – was recently intruded by Councilmembers Anita Bonds and Mary Cheh. As introduced, the bill includes LGBTQ seniors and seniors with HIV in the definition of groups of greatest social need for the purpose of allocating funds. It also establishes an LGBTQ HIV long-term care bill of rights. While ANC1A believes there is much more that needs to be done to support our seniors and LGBTQ community, the Commission believes this bill is an excellent start.

Learn more about this legislation and sign the petition here.

ANC2F also passed a measure in support of the  Secure A Fair and Equitable Trial Act of (ban on gay and trans “panic” defense bill) which will soon be re-introduced in the DC Council.  The bill was previously introduced in Council session 22 but died in the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety. The failure to move this important legislation in one of the most progressive cities in the United States, and the city with the highest population of LGBTQ residents in the country, is both disappointing and unacceptable.

As introduced, the Secure A Fair and Equitable Trial Act of 2017 would required that upon the request of either the prosecutor or the defendant, the court would instruct the jury against letting bias, sympathy, prejudice, or public opinion influence its decision. It also would establish limits on defenses that seek to excuse violence on the basis of a victim’s identity.

Learn more about this legislation and sign the petition here.

This act will be introduced in memory of Tony Hunter and Bella Evangelista.

See Related Documents Below:

ANC 2F Support for The Secure a Fair and Equitable Trial Act of 2017

ANC 2F Support for B23-0037- Care for LGBTQ Seniors and Seniors with HIV Amendment Act of 2019

Whitman Walker Supports the LGBT Older Americans and Older People Living with HIV Act

Whitman Walker Health

Whitman-Walker has issued a statement of support for DC Bill 23-0037, the Care for LGBTQ Seniors and Seniors Living with HIV Amendment Act of 2019.  The legislation would requires the DC Office on Aging & Community Living (DACL) and Commission on Aging to include LGBTQ Seniors and Seniors Living with HIV as group of greatest social need under the Older Americans Act. In addition, the bill would amend the Human Rights Act of 1977 to establish and LGBTQ HIV long-term care bill or rights.

The statement was released in July and states in part: “The Care for LGBTQ Seniors and Seniors with HIV Amendment Act, Bill 23-37, is a major step forward in addressing the unique and compelling needs of these DC residents. We congratulate Councilmembers Cheh, Bonds, Nadeau, Gray, T. White, Allen, McDuffie, Todd, Silverman, and R. White for introducing the bill, and Councilmembers Grosso and Evans for co-sponsoring this important legislation. ”

Read the complete statement from Whitman Walker below:

Whitman Walker Health Statement of Support for 23-0037

Sign the online petition to support this legislation using the link below:

DC Council: Take Action to Support LGBTQ Older Adults and Long Term Survivors of HIV

ANC1A Passes Resolutions Supporting LGBTQ Seniors and Seniors with HIV and Urges the DC Council Enact a Gay and Trans “Panic” Defense Ban

ANC 1A Kent Boese

At the July 10, 2019, meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A (ANC1A), the Commission considered two resolutions introduced by Commissioner Kent Boese and unanimously passed both measures critical to the needs and safety of the LGBTQ community.

B23-0037 – the Care for LGBTQ Seniors and Seniors with HIV Amendment Act of 2019 – was recently intruded by Councilmembers Anita Bonds and Mary Cheh. As introduced, the bill includes LGBTQ seniors and seniors with HIV in the definition of groups of greatest social need for the purpose of allocating funds. It also establishes an LGBTQ HIV long-term care bill of rights. While ANC1A believes there is much more that needs to be done to support our seniors and LGBTQ community, the Commission believes this bill is an excellent start.

ANC1A also passed a measure requesting that the Secure A Fair and Equitable Trial Act of 2017 (ban on gay and trans “panic” defense bill) be reintroduced and passed by the DC Council. The bill was previously introduced in Council session 22 but died in the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety. The failure to move this important legislation in one of the most progressive cities in the United States, and the city with the highest population of LGBTQ residents in the country, is both disappointing and unacceptable.

As introduced, the Secure A Fair and Equitable Trial Act of 2017 would required that upon the request of either the prosecutor or the defendant, the court would instruct the jury against letting bias, sympathy, prejudice, or public opinion influence its decision. It also would establish limits on defenses that seek to excuse violence on the basis of a victim’s identity.

See Related Documents Below:

2019-07 – Letter of support for reintroducing the “Secure a Fair and Equitable Trial Act of 2017”

2019-07 – Letter of support for B23-0037 – Care for LGBTQ Seniors and Seniors with HIV Amendment Act of 2019

 

 

5 Ways to Support LGBTQ Older Adults in the District

LGBTQ Older Adults

Center Aging recently held it’s April Advocacy Meeting and we were excited to be joined by Imani Woody of Mary’s House DC and ANC Rep. Mike Silverstein.  Now is a great time to stand up for LGBTQ Older Adults in the District.  Here are five steps you can take to help.

Join us at our next meeting.  Center Aging Advocacy meetings take place on the first Monday of every month at 12:30 PM.  We would love to have you join us for our next meeting on May 6th at at the DC Center.  We hope to see you there!

Testify at the Office of LGBTQ Affairs Budget Hearing.  The Budget Hearing for the Office of LGBTQ Affairs is on April 22nd (It was originally scheduled for April 11th but has been rescheduled).  Find out more about this meeting here.  LGBTQ organizations including Casa Ruby, Wanda Alston House, and the DC Center recently testified at the budget hearing for the office of LGBTQ Affairs calling for $3 million dollars to be added to the budget so that they can provide competitive grants to local organizations to support our community.   Priorities for this funding include seniors, youth, housing, the transgender community, and employment.  In addition, Mary’s House has called for office to receive 24 housing vouchers.

Volunteer your time.   Our Center Aging lunch for LGBTQ older adults takes place on the fourth Friday of every month!  We depend on support from the community to provide the meal and entertainment for this event.   As you may know, social isolation is a big issue for LGBTQ older adults, so providing these social events is important to their health and well being.  We are grateful to the ATT Employee Resource Group who recently paid for one of these meals, and for community members who have volunteered their time including Dan Carter, Fabián H. Ríos Rubino, and Adam Heller who have donated their time.  If you would like to provide lunch for our older adults please let us know.  You can learn more about this and other group volunteer activities for LGBTQ Older Adults at: thedccenter.org/groupvolunteering.

Testify at the Office of Aging Budget Hearing.  The Budget Hearing for the Office of Aging is April 25th.  We were excited to hear at our recent meeting that the ANC Rainbow Caucus plans to testify at this hearing in support of housing programs for LGBTQ Older Adults (among other issues).  While the Office of Aging does not deal with housing directly, they have an important role to play in this issue.  This is an excellent opportunity to share the experiences of LGBTQ older adults.  Find out more about this meeting and sign up to testify.

Make a donation.  Consider supporting an organization that works to support LGBTQ older adults.

 

 

Councilmember Trayon White Calls for Funds for LGBTQ Youth & Senior Housing

Councimember Trayon White (Ward 8) has submitted budget FY 2020 Budget Requests to Mayor Muriel Bowser and they include funding for LGBTQ Youth & Senior Housing.

The Budget request includes $500,000 for grants to non-profits through DHCD to support organizations that are working to provide housing security to LGBT seniors and homeless youth.

Councilmember White stated in his announcement: “As I fight to keep the above mentioned initiatives a priority in the final FY20 budget, I encourage you to testify at the upcoming public hearings and participate in the process. It is a pleasure to serve the residents of Ward 8.”

See all the recommendations below.

Trayon White Budget Reccomendations
Trayon White Budget Recommendations

 

Be an Advocate for LGBTQ Older Adults

Be an Advocte for LGBTQ Older Adults

Now is an important time to speak out about the needs of LGBTQ Older Adults in the District of Columbia.  The following events are important opportunities for LGBTQ older adults and their allies to share their experiences and needs.

Senior Budget Engagement Telephone Town Hall
Monday February 11th at 12:00 PM
Join with fellow DC residents at this forum to share your values, priorities, and ideas with the Bowser Administration. – to RSVP for this event call 202 442-8150.  Please note: this event is specifically for seniors.

Oversight Hearing for the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs
The Committee on Government Operations chaired by Council Member Brandon Todd, will hold an oversight hearing on Wednesday,  February 13th.   The hearing is for community affairs offices including the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs.  The hearing will start at 10:00 AM in Room 412 of the Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW) .  Persons wishing to testify about the performance of any of the preceding agencies may email governmentoperations@dccouncil.us or call 202.724.6668

Oversight Hearing for the Office of Aging
The Committee on Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization, chaired by Council Member Anita Bonds will hold a hearing on Thursday February 14th beginning at 9:30 AM.  This hearing will  include the Office of Aging, Commission on Aging, and Age Friendly DC Task Force.  This is an excellent space to speak out about the lives and experiences of of LGBTQ older adults.   Persons wishing to testify about the performance of the agency may contact: Oscar Montiel (omontiel@dccouncil.us) or by call 202.724.8198.

If you cannot attend these hearings in person, consider submitting written comments.  Also, consider sharing your written comments with the DC Center if you would like to see them posted on our website.  Thanks for your commitment to LGBTQ older adults.

You are also invited to be part of our ongoing conversation about programs and services for LGBTQ older adults in the District.  Follow Center Aging on twitter at twitter.com/centeraging, or on facebook at facebook.com/centeraging.   There is also a google group you can join by visiting our website thedccenter.org/aging.

Care for LGBTQ Seniors and Seniors with HIV Amendment Act of 2018

Care for LGBTQ Seniors and Seniors with HIV Amendment Act of 2018

DC Councilmembers Mary Cheh and Anita Bonds have introduced legislation to the DC Council entitled the “Care for LGBTQ Seniors and Seniors with HIV Amendment Act of 2018.”   The legislation would requires the DC Office of Aging and Commission on Aging to include LGBTQ Seniors and Seniors Living with HIV as group of greatest social need under the Older Americans Act.   In addition, the bill would amend the Human Rights Act of 1977 to establish and LGBTQ HIV long-term care bill or rights.

To learn more about the bill, sign up for updates, and learn about opportunities to testify on this legislation, click here to visit the DC Council website.

The DC Center supports LGBTQ Older Adults through our Center Aging Program.  Learn more at thedccenter.org/aging.  You can also  follow Center Aging on twitter at twitter.com/centeraging or facebook at fb.com/centeraging.

Age-Friendly Pride Initiative.

Age-Friendly Pride Initiative
Age-Friendly Pride Initiative
Age-Friendly Pride Initiative

CenterLink (The National Association of LGBT Community Centers) is partnering with The Center for Black Equity, InterPride, and SAGE on an age-friendly* Pride initiative.

The goal of this initiative is to encourage the inclusion of older LGBT individuals in all aspects of Pride parades, marches, and festivals and we need your help! Below is a link to two surveys that we are hoping you will push out. One is for participants, and one is for people who have a Pride planner, sponsor, or organizer role.

The results of these surveys will inform the creation of an Age-Friendly Pride Toolkit (a set of tools, such as guidelines, resources, and checklists) that we hope will increase the age-friendliness of Pride parades, marches, and festivals nationwide. The audience for the toolkit are organizers, sponsors, and providers responsible for planning and implementing Pride-related activities.

We would be grateful if you took a few minutes to complete a brief survey. The results will inform the creation of an Age-Friendly Pride Toolkit, which we hope will be used to increase the age-friendliness of Prides across the country. Thank you in advance for taking the time to give us your feedback!

Pride Participant Survey

Pride Planner, Sponsor, and Organizer Survey

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 accoughlan42@gwu.edu

Thanks everyone!

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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 accoughlan42@gwu.edu, or by phone at 703-624-6983. You may also reach out to my professor and research supervisor Emily Morrison at Emily_M@gwu.edu, 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.