National Audio Press Conference: LGBT elder advocates urge explicit inclusion of sexual orientation, gender identity

December 12, 2005

Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications

Download the Audio Press Conference - Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005 (m4a file, 53kb, 56 minutes)

Economic security, appropriate funding, inclusion of vulnerable populations and cultural competency key areas of concern

NATIONAL AUDIO PRESS CONFERENCE: Tuesday, December 13, 2:30 p.m. (EST)

Call-in number: 800.289.0544
Prompt code number: 4421548

For pre-registration and information, contact Richard Lindsay: 646.358.1474.


Audio press conference: Elder advocates challenge White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA) for refusing to address critical issues of diversity. Delegates and community representatives claim exclusion in WHCoA resolutions based on sexual orientation, gender identity and other vulnerable populations. WHCoA, held once a decade, is occurring now through Dec. 14, in Washington, D.C. Rigid conference procedures and vague resolutions cited as obstacles; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elder advocates urge explicit inclusion in WHCoA resolutions.

Who: Matt Foreman, executive director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Amber Hollibaugh, senior strategist, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the nation’s premier specialist on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender aging issues; Terry Kaelber, executive director of Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), official WHCoA delegate; elders Garrison Phillips and Regina Shavers (Griot Circle).
Why: In 1995, during the last WHCoA, concerns pertaining to sexual orientation and gender identity were written out of WHCoA resolutions. Advocates warn danger of repeat performance. Conference recommendations from WHCoA serve as a guide to Congress and the president in setting U.S. aging priorities. 2005 conference procedures are dangerously rigid, preventing the ability to address critical aging issues, including economic security; adequate funding for implementation of elder care services; inclusion of sexual orientation, gender identity and other vulnerable populations; and improving cultural competency of service providers. Two overarching areas of concern: ensuring long-term solvency of Social Security, and improving/strengthening Medicare/Medicaid.

The Task Force's LGBT Aging Initiative is made possible by the generous support of the Allan Morrow Foundation and an annual "Allan Morrow Award Community Service Award" has been established in his memory.


The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.