This generation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) seniors is one of the first to deal with being open about their identity as LGBT. It can be very difficult in this situation to find social outlets, especially when you aren't always aware of the attitudes of those around you. Luckily, there are some resources available to LGBT adults to help them with the process of aging comfortably.
Gay-Friendly Retirement Communities
Part of being in a retirement community is feeling like you belong. If you don't feel free to be social, you may find yourself unhappy. There are many LGBT-friendly retirement communities available, where you'll never have to feel like the odd one out.
Resources like the Gay Retirement Guide offer lists of different retirement communities targeted towards the LGBT population; the great majority of popular gay retirement destinations will have at least one LGBT community.
Seminars and Community MeetingsSome institutes, such as the LGBT Aging Project, run courses focused on teaching LGBT members how to best deal with their transition. These courses are not only worthwhile on their own, but they can also be instrumental in connecting you to a broader group of like-minded individuals who can offer their support and advice throughout any difficult or confusing times that you have.
Support GroupsJoining a support group can be an excellent solution if you want to talk in-depth about your issues with aging in a safe environment. Many people have very complex relationships to their LGBT life and the aging process. There are also social services that you can turn to if you need help, such as those run by the Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders. Don't hesitate tor reach out to these resources for help and advice during difficult times.
Online CommunitiesJoining an online community is a fantastic way to discuss issues that are currency bothering you and receive neutral opinions on what you should do next. There are a variety of online communities for LGBT seniors, it simply takes a little looking. Often, the anonymity of an online community may make it much easier to discuss issues that you might not want to discuss openly in real life. You can also consider joining general LGBT communities and looking for your peers. This is often the best way to get an unbiased opinion regarding any issues you're currently having.
Throughout their lives, LGBT seniors have faced many difficulties that other seniors simply cannot understand. After all of this, it's very important that you get the retirement and peace of mind that you deserve. You should never feel excluded or left out within your retirement community. Don't be afraid to reach out to the gay community for help. There are many organizations dedicated to ensuring that LGBT seniors across the world are as safe, happy and healthy as anyone else.