Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Society & Culture
  3. GLBTQ Culture


See also

When 84-year-old LGBT trailblazer Edie Windsor is celebrated at Jewish Home Lifecare’s “Eight Over Eighty” gala in NYC on March 5, the event may turn into a mutual admiration society. That’s because the 165-year-old provider of eldercare services has been making a full-throttled effort to become a place where LGBT elders can live openly and proudly, treated with the respect to which they, like all human beings, are entitled.

The issue is critical. A 2011 survey conducted by the National Senior Citizens Law Center revealed that fewer than 25% of LGBT older adults felt they could be open about their identities with the staff of their long-term care facilities.

Things are very different at Jewish Home Lifecare.

The national organization SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders), which honored Jewish Home Lifecare with its Aging Services Leadership Award in October, is partnering with the nonprofit organization on a multi-year, institution-wide training program. The goal is to make sure every single staff member understands and is sensitive to the needs and concerns of LGBT residents.

That Jewish Home’s “cultural competency" is already in a good place is clear from the plans for a new residence that will open in 2018. The residence, called The Living Center of Manhattan, is being developed as a GREEN HOUSE® facility, meaning that the focus, in design and operation, will be on dignity and autonomy for all residents in all things. Green House® facilities operate as collections of small, nurturing households (apartments), each with individual bedrooms/baths clustered around a shared living/dining space. Among the 22 households in the new facility will be an all-LGBT apartment that LGBT adults can opt for if they wish – the first time such an option has been available at a skilled nursing facility in NYC.

Long overlooked, aging LGBT adults face distinct challenges. Most LGBT elders live alone, they are less likely to have partners or adult children to care for them and advocate on their behalf, and they often face discrimination in health insurance, medical care, social services, and housing. Unlike married heterosexual couples, LGBT elders living in nursing homes do not usually have the right to stay in the same room.

Jewish Home Lifecare is proud to be changing all that.



  • Transgender cop
    A transgender police officer is stepping down from her position to run for office
    Political Office
  • Easter eggs
    Craft delicate, hand-painted eggs with flowers and other designs celebrating spring
    Easter Eggs
  • Subway message
    Subway customer finds 'Big Mama' written on her order
    Subway Message
  • Working from home
    Working from home can be an exciting venture. Get tips to ensure productivity
    Get Tips
  • Limes
    Rising cost of limes could be putting the squeeze on your favorite restaurant
    Expensive Limes
  • Pope Francis
    Religion: Pope Francis instructs how to fight against Satan
    Morning Mass

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!