Advocates: More gay-friendly senior housing needed

PHILADELPHIA - December 29, 2011

Gay seniors fear discrimination, disrespect or worse by health care workers and residents of elder housing facilities.

Experts say the issue is becoming more urgent as baby boomers begin turning 65 this year. They say the gay elder population is expected to double, to at least 3 million, by 2030.

The nation's first gay-friendly affordable housing facility opened in Los Angeles six years ago and has a waiting list of hundreds. A group in Philadelphia hopes to replicate that success.

Yet advocates say construction alone won't solve the problem. They say sensitivity training at existing facilities and programs is the best solution.

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