Thursday, October 22, 2009

When you are old and gay and full of sleep

I think this is hilarious.

HHS to Create a National Resource Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual andTransgender Elders

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced plans to establish thenation's first national resource center to assist communities across thecountry in their efforts to provide services and supports for olderlesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals.

Experts estimate that as many as 1.5 to 4 million LGBT individuals areage 60 and older. Agencies that provide services to older individualsmay be unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the needs of this group ofindividuals. The new Resource Center for LGBT Elders will provideinformation, assistance and resources for both LGBT organizations andmainstream aging services providers at the state and community level toassist them in the development and provision of culturally sensitivesupports and services. The LGBT Center will also be available to educate the LGBT community about the importance of planning ahead for future long term care needs.

Are the needs of the old and gay any different fron the old and straight? Or is this a way to shovel gummint cash to a lib constituency that is a little miffed with lack of movement on "don't ask, don't tell" and the repeal of the DEfense of Marriage Act?

With apologies to William Butler Yeats.

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