Why the LEI is Needed

See the video and documents below to learn more about the needs and fears of LGBT older adults seeking long-term care. 

Why the LEI?


This document summarizes the case for the Long-Term Care Equality Index and provides an overview of the LEI.


Maintaining Dignity: A Survey of LGBT Adults Age 45 and Older


This AARP study surveyed mid-life and older LGBT adults, examining their concerns and experiencing around aging in the US. The survey asked questions around preferences in seeking out partners and support networks, and navigating aging health issues. Results reveal concerns around having continued social support, lack of access to LGBT-specific senior services, and inadequate long-term care.


LGBT Older Adults in Long-Term Care Facilities: Stories from the Field


This publication is the result of a survey undertaken by six organizations seeking to better understand the experiences of LGBT older adults in long-term care settings. The survey also sought to capture personal comments that describe some of the varied experiences of LGBT older adults, their loved ones, and the providers who care for them.


Opening Doors: An Investigation of Barriers to Senior housing for Same-Sex Couple


This report documents the results of 200 matched-pair telephone tests conducted by the ERC in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington. In 96 of the 200 tests (48%), a tester inquiring about housing in a senior living facility for a same-sex couple experienced at least one form of adverse differential treatment, as compared to a counterpart tester inquiring about housing for a heterosexual couple.


Dignity Denied: Religious Exemptions and LGBT Elder Services


While many of these religiously affiliated facilities provide quality care for millions of older adults, there is a coordinated effort to pass religious exemption laws, issue executive orders and agency guidance, and to litigate court cases to allow individuals, businesses, and even government contractors and grantees to use religion to discriminate. These laws are particularly worrisome for LGBT elders. Religious exemption laws jeopardize the security and safety of LGBT older adults at a time when they are most vulnerable and most in need.


Why "LGBTQ-Welcoming" Will Soon be a Hallmark of the Most Successful Senior living Communities: A Primer for Operators, Marketers & Leadership


One untapped segment of the market that presents a viable opportunity for senior living communities to grow their business—lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) seniors. Perhaps little known and less understood by the industry, LGBTQ older adults experience a range of unmet needs and discrimination when looking for senior housing. This is especially unfortunate considering that it is a market poised for rapid growth as a result of increasing numbers of Baby Boomers entering retirement. In fact, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force puts the number of LGBTQ seniors in the U.S. at 3 million and notes that this figure is expected to double by 2030 (Tobijah, 2017). Developing a marketing strategy that attracts LGBTQ older adults is the right thing to do. And it’s good business.