Reports & Research

Caregiving among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender New Yorkers

Report Type: 
June 17, 2004

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) caregivers and care recipients still face discrimination at doctors’ offices, hospitals, nursing homes, and other places we entrust with the care of our loved ones.

In addition to caring for ill and/or elderly members of their families of origin, the families into which they are born/adopted, LGBT New Yorkers also care for LGBT partners and friends, their families of choice.

  • LGBT individuals in need of care cannot always rely on their families of origin due to relationship strains related to their sexual orientation.
  • Additionally, because many were same-sex partnered their whole lives, they lose out on Social Security and pension benefits opposite-sex partners receive.
  • Same-sex couples also lose out on the ability to take leave to care for each other under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Policies that embrace broad definitions of family and caregiving and recognize same-sex relationships would help to ease the burdens and strains of caregiving.