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Using the Community Readiness Model to Guide Services for LGBT Elders
Laurie A. Carlson and Kelly S. Harper
Today there is an estimated 1 to 3 million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) individuals over the age of 65 in America (National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 2000). This number is expected to reach 4 million by the year 2030 (National Gay and Lesbian Task Force) and it seems that our social institutions might be ill-prepared to provide the necessary services to this aging population. Many of these elders spent their young adulthood prior to the Stonewall years and carry with them internalized shame and fear because during their formative years homosexuality was highly criminalized, pathologized, and stigmatized (Hollibaugh, 2004). Because of these factors LGBT elders are much less likely than their heterosexual peers to have the self-advocacy skills necessary for successfully navigating the system as an aging adult.