Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Schedule released for the 2015 Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference

The 14th annual Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference will take place on June 4th-6th, 2015 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The conference, sponsored by the Mazzoni Center, offers three full days of programming focused on the health and well-being of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, as well as their families, friends, allies and providers. The theme of the 2015 Conference is "Cultural Competency / Cultural Humility.” Conference attendance is free and open to all community members.
The complete schedule for this year’s programming is now available online. The conference will include more than 200 workshops, activities, and social events spanning a broad range of topics that include: aging, health care, safety, education, employment, housing, legal issues, social support, and much more. A separate track of workshops will be offered for professionals in the medical, mental health, legal and social service fields, to help educate providers and expand the availability of quality, culturally competent care and services for transgender individuals.
The full schedule and details about this year’s conference are available at
To register to attend the conference, please visit


Gettin’ On in PGN: Toward a more inclusive Older Americans Act

May 14, 2015
By David Griffith
It has been 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Older Americans Act. Enacted as part of Johnson’s “Great Society” reforms, this legislation formed the structure through which millions of older adults receive social supports and preventative health services. Five decades later, the Older Americans Act remains the preeminent legislation addressing the needs of older adults in the United States.
The Older Americans Act created the National Administration on Aging, which now oversees the 56 State Agencies on Aging and 629 Area Agencies on Aging. The Administration on Aging covers programs and services such as Meals on Wheels, transportation assistance, case management, family-caregiving supports, preventative health care and services to prevent and detect elder abuse. Currently, more than 11 million older adults in the United States receive services from an Older Americans Act program.
Yet, despite its successes, the Older Americans Act has become a point of political contention and persistent underfunding. Inadequate budgets over the past two decades have prevented Administration on Aging programs from keeping pace with the needs of a rapidly growing older-adult population. And the Older Americans Act has not been reauthorized since expiring in 2011, despite attempts in Congress each of the past five years. Political gridlock and partisan rancor have cast doubt on the long-term vitality of this essential legislation.
The reauthorization of the law is undoubtedly important, especially after many years of political uncertainty. However, it is critical that any reauthorization take into account the diversity of today’s demographics, including the rapid growth of our LGBT older-adult communities. There are more LGBT older Americans today than at any other point. The law that structures the aging-services system must be updated to reflect the older-adult population of 2015, rather than 1965.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

ACL Releases Profile of Older Americans

More than 30,000 Americans are now over the age of 100 

Over the past 10 years, the U.S. population age 65 and over increased by approximately 25 percent, from roughly 36 million in 2003 to 45 million in 2013. An important aspect of this growth is that it is not equally distributed across states.  For example, the population age 65 and over increased by 30 percent or more in 20 states.  Nevada and Alaska experienced more than a 50 percent increase. Not only are more people reaching their 65th birthday, many are living well beyond age 65. Between 1980 and 2013, the population aged 100+ grew faster than the population over age 65.  The population of older Americans is experiencing dynamic changes. Monitoring these changes over time is an important part of understanding current needs and preparing for future growth.
Every year the Administration for Community Living (ACL) uses U.S. Census data to compile a profile of the U.S. population over age 65.  This year’s report is entitled “A Profile of Older Americans: 2014” and is available here

Friday, April 24, 2015

Contact your legislators to end discrimination in PA

Equality Pennsylvania is encouraging people from across the Commonwealth to contact their legislators to speak out about the importance of nondiscrimination laws in Pennsylvania. Despite the passage of marriage equality and some city ordinances, nearly 70 percent of Pennsylvanians remain unprotected from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations.

House Bill 300 and Senate Bill 300, calling for statewide LGBT nondiscrimination laws, are expected to be introduced in the coming weeks. It is important that LGBT people and allies across the state contact their legislators to urge them to show their support for ending discrimination.

To learn more about Equality PA and ending discrimination in Pennsylvania, please visit