Older adults in the 2SLGBTQ+ community face all the same social, emotional, and physical changes that their heterosexual and cisgender peers face, along with added discrimination.

As people age, it is assumed they will have support systems in place. However, some people might not have any connection to their family of origin, or maybe they do not have children or grandchildren. This might mean they need to consider accessing new services to support them as they age. This might include housing, in-home support, food, and/or medical services related to aging or transitioning.

The best service provider for a person is someone that they feel comfortable with. Some people find 2SLGBTQ+ -friendly service providers through friends or local organizations. If a person isn’t sure whether a service provider is 2SLGBTQ+ friendly, they may wish to call ahead and ask some sample questions:

  • Do you currently have clients who identify as part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community?

  • Do you see individuals? Couples? Families? Groups?

  • What type of professional education do your staff have to better understand and address the needs of folks in 2SLGBTQ+ communities?
  • What sort of policies and practices does your organization have to ensure 2SLGBTQ+ community members are not discriminated against?
  • How long have you been in practice?

Coming out can happen at any age!

Looking for resources on coming out as an older adult? Please see our Sexual & Gender Identity section.