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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health inequalitiesInternational perspectives in social work$
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Julie Fish and Kate Karban

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447309673

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447309673.001.0001

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Unique experiences and needs of LGBT older people

Unique experiences and needs of LGBT older people

one community in rural California responds

(p.131) Seven Unique experiences and needs of LGBT older people
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health inequalities

Elizabeth Breshears

Valerie Lester Leyva

Policy Press

This chapter presents a collaborative initiative within one community to better understand and address health and aging needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) elders. The activity of the LGBT Roundtable of San Joaquin County California is described in providing training to promote equal access to services and in challenging heteronormative bias in service provision. The example of Mike and his role in the training programme is used to highlight the particular experiences associated with being an LGBT elder. The training programme is outlined and the importance of social workers providing leadership in developing LGBT sensitive health and social care services is emphasised.

Keywords:   LGBT elders, empowerment, training, collaboration, intersectionality, service improvement, leadership

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