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  • Agency and Social Forces in the Life Course: The Case of Gender Transitions in Later Life (8/31/16)
    This study explores the conditions under which people contemplate or pursue a gender transition in later life.
  • Aging and Gay, and Facing Prejudice in Twilight (New York Times- Oct. 9, 2007)
    Even now, at 81 and with her memory beginning to fade, Gloria Donadello recalls her painful brush with bigotry at an assisted-living center in Santa Fe, N.M.
  • An End to Gay Adoption Bans? (New York Times – 7/28/10)
    Data drives policy. Or, at least, it should. In recent months there have been several studies suggesting that children raised by same-sex couples are certainly no worse off (and in some ways are arguably better off) than children raised by heterosexual couples. Now, in an article titled “Parenting and Child Development in Adoptive Families: Does Parental Sexual Orientation Matter?” in the August issue of the journal Applied Developmental Science, researchers go one incremental but important step further. Rather than simply letting the research speak for itself, they conclude that their new findings should lead to the end of existing bans on adoption by same-sex couples in the United States. 
  • Discrimination And Addiction: How To Overcome Prejudice Without Relying On Drugs Or Alcohol (the Treehouse)
    Discrimination can lead to everything from job-loss to low self-esteem to violence, all of which can in turn lead to depression, suicidal thoughts, and substance abuse. It’s imperative, then, that we understand exactly what discrimination is and how to handle it in a healthy way.
  • Applying for Medicare While Gay (Time Goes By – 6/19/12)
    This is the tale of how I enrolled in Medicare while lying to the government. They made me do it. Really. Here's the story…
  • Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case That Made History (Teaching Tolerance)
    Bullied is a documentary film that chronicles one student’s ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers an inspiring message of hope to those fighting harassment today. It can become a cornerstone of anti-bullying efforts in middle and high schools. Bullied will be shipped beginning in mid-September. Order your school’s free copy now to have it ready to use during National Bullying Prevention Month (October 2010). 
  • Fair Housing For The LGBTQ Community (Mortgage Calculator)
    This guide will provide you all the information you need to know about housing and estate laws, as well as what qualifies as discrimination and ways to fight it. 
  • LGBTQ Foster and Adoption Laws by State 
    The site maps out which states have protective or restrictive laws in respect to LGBT parents regarding foster care, joint adoption, and second/step-parent situations. 
  • How LGBT Families Have Changed in 30 Years ( – 2/8/12)
    It’s hard to remember and hard to imagine, frankly, a time when simply being gay or lesbian meant you could have no relationship with your children. The courts automatically presumed you were an unfit parent. 
  • North Carolina's Controversial 'Anti-LGBT' Bill Explained (3/24/16)
    Here is a detailed description of the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory.
  • Smith & Stein: State Tax Treatment of Same-Sex Couples (TaxProf BLog – 10/9/12)
    Various states now recognize relationships between people of the same-sex, but due to the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal government does not. In the context of income taxes, this combination of state recognition and federal non-recognition of same-sex relationships produces a significant problem for many same-sex couples and some state taxing authorities. Most states have income tax and, typically, state income tax laws “piggyback” on federal income tax laws.
  • Sonoma Co. Settles Gay Discrimination Suit (Sign on San Diego)
    Sonoma County has agreed to pay $600,000 to settle a lawsuit by an elderly gay man who said social workers kept him from seeing his dying partner in the hospital. 
  • Strengthening Child Welfare Systems by Resisting LGBT Discrimination (Center for American Progress – 6/3/15)
    Studies overwhelmingly demonstrate that lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals are capable of parenting as effectively as their non-LGB peers, and that children of gay and lesbian parents experience outcomes similar to those of the children of heterosexual parents. Legalizing discrimination against these potential parents denies homes to young people in need and unjustly prevents LGBT people from having the same opportunities to foster and adopt a child as their heterosexual peers.
  • The Silent Generation: Long-term Care is a Landmine for LGBT Seniors (McKnight's – 8/9/12)
    Filmmaker Stu Maddux was driven to make a documentary about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender nursing home residents because he felt that, as a gay man, he did not have many role models who demonstrated how to age without shame or fear. 

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Government Information & Resources:

  • What You Should Know About EEOC and the Enforcement Protections for LGBT Workers (US Equal Opportunity Employment Commission) 
    EEOC interprets and enforces Title VII's prohibition of sex discrimination as forbidding any employment discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.  These protections apply regardless of any contrary state or local laws. The information provided highlights what you should know about EEOC's outreach and enforcement in this area.

Marriage Issues:

  • Advice: The Gay Pre-Nup is Real ( – 5/29/12)
    Yes, with marriage equality comes divorce equality, so be sure to have all the protections the law provides.
  • Children Speak for Same-Sex Marriage (New York Times – 1/20/10)
    Last month, advocates and opponents of same-sex marriage packed the New Jersey State House in Trenton, supporters in blue, opponents in red. 
  • Same Sex Marriage Discrimination Guide (
    Information on how to identify and prevent direct and indirect discrimination in regards to same sex marriages.
  • Same-Sex Relationships, DOMA, and the Tax Code: Rethinking the Relevance of DOMA to Straight Couples (Social Science Research)
    According to Professor Derrick Bell’s seminal article describing his Interest Convergence Theory, the interests of Blacks are only accommodated when they coincide with the interests of Whites. By analogy, the interests of same-sex couples are only accommodated when they coincide with the interests of heterosexual couples. The elimination of discriminatory provisions that cause heterosexual married couples to pay more federal income tax than their same-sex counterparts might just be the mutually beneficial interest necessary to prompt Congress to recognize same-sex legal unions. 

Organizations & Services:

  • Driver's License Policies by State (National Center for Transgender Equality)
    Info on each state's policies on getting a driver's license issued.
  • Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
    We are New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.
  • LGBT Aging Resources Clearinghouse
    Opens the door to knowledge about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people ages 50-plus. Whether you're an elder, a young person, a caregiver, a student, a researcher, a policymaker, a journalist, or a helping professional, the clearinghouse offers you the keys to understanding and respect for LGBT elders.
  • National Center for Transgender Equality
    Dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.
  • National Resource Center on LBGT Aging
    The country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults.