Thursday, June 9, 2011

AARP Launches Web Page for LGBT Seniors

I have a confession to make. As much as it pains me to admit it, it's time to come clean about a secret I've hidden for far too long.

(Pause for dramatic deep breath)

Here goes... I am a member of AARP. I know, I'm as shocked as you are, 'cause I look so young, right? RIGHT?! 

This week I have reason to feel a little better about being a member of the golden oldies. AARP has chosen Pride Month to launch a new web page on it's site dedicated to the unique needs of LGBT seniors.

Via press release:
AARP has added a page to their website just for LGBT seniors to address he unique needs of our aging community. The organization of golden oldies says via press release, “We are proud to provide diverse, expert voices on topics that are important to all Americans 50+, including members of the LGBT community,” said Hugh Delehanty, SVP & Editor In Chief of AARP’s media properties.  “AARP understands that while all Americans 50+ share the same goals of aging with dignity and peace of mind, each of the communities in our lives offers its own challenges, opportunities and contributions towards helping us get there.  We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate national Pride month than to launch this portal, which we hope will help members of the LGBT community and their loved ones get access to important information and relevant insights from experts and each other.”
The new portal offers targeted news, trivia quizzes and information on issues that especially matter to the LGBT community in areas including healthcare, retirement planning, caregiving, taxation, employment discrimination and more. Visitors can access AARP’s groundbreaking coverage of relevant topics, including an article from the latest issue of AARP The Magazine examining—three decades after the emergence of HIV/AIDS—–the new face of AIDS: people over 50.  The portal also features AARP’s 20-part multimedia package, The Stonewall Riots: 40 Years Later, A Milestone Anniversary, which won accolades from the LGBT community and mainstream media for its comprehensive coverage of an important chapter in the American civil rights movement.

This is a great thing for our aging community. But I promise you, if you ever call me a senior citizen, I'll hit you with my walker!

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