Screenshot of SAGE's new policy report
This is a guest post by
Robert Espinoza, SAGE's Senior Director for Public Policy and
Communications. April is National Minority Health Month and in today's post,
Robert writes about the health disparities faced by LGBT older people of color
and the release of SAGE's new policy report "Health Equity and LGBT Elders
of Color.” The report can be downloaded here.
This post was originally
featured on the Huffington Post, and can also be seen on the Diverse Elders
Helena Bushong is 60, transgender and living with HIV/AIDS. In 2002, she was dually diagnosed with HIV and AIDS and given six months to live. Ty Martin is an aging advocate who leads a support group for older gay black men with HIV/AIDS in the historic Harlem neighborhood of New York City. His group members grapple with stigma, the questions related to accelerated aging as HIV-positive people, and a general longing for community. Both Helena and Ty are LGBT and people of color. And both of them combat the health disparities and socio-economic challenges associated with aging as people who are marginalized on multiple fronts—a reality rarely discussed in the mainstream aging field or in the popular LGBT rights movement. The virtual silence on this subject lives out in their personal and political lifespans.
Continue reading "Health Equity for LGBT Older People of Color" »
March is Women’s History Month and in honor, the SAGE Blog will feature relevant LGBT aging stories every Friday. The first post of the series is a guest blog post by Helena Bushong, a 60-year-old trans woman who lives with HIV. This post originally appeared on the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging’s website.
My name is Helena and I am a 60-year-old transgender female living with HIV. I am not a victim. An HIV/AIDS diagnosis is NOT a death sentence, but is similar to living with breast cancer or diabetes, which through some lifestyle changes, are manageable diseases.
I was diagnosed with HIV and AIDS in 2002, and was told I would not live more than six months, and at best, a year. Along with my doctors, I believe that I was a "late tester," meaning because I was diagnosed with AIDS—a late stage infection—and not HIV, I likely contracted HIV 15 to 20 years before showing any sign or symptoms. Because people can carry HIV/AIDS asymptomatically, it is important to be tested on a regular basis to avoid a late test and spreading the disease.
Continue reading "Helena Bushong: "I am a 60-Year-Old Trans Female Living with HIV" (Women's History Month Feature)" »
In honor of Black History Month, the SAGE Blog will feature a post on LGBT aging in the black community every Thursday during the month of February. February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, so our first post in the series is on HIV/AIDS in the black community by Ty Martin, Community Liaison at SAGE Harlem.
Ty Martin & SAGE Constituent Sherman Walker
I am black.
I am gay.
I am an older adult.
I am resilient. And so is my community.
Continue reading "HIV/AIDS is Still an Issue for Older Gay Black Men" »