Thursday, June 25, 2015

Celebrating Two Historic Victories for the Disability and Aging Communities

Yesterday, the Administration for Community Living and the HHS Office for Civil Rights hosted Community Living for All: Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Advocates and leaders provided a variety of perspectives on the progress of the last 25 years and the work that remains before a packed room of disability and aging advocates.
Though some tend to think of the ADA and the Olmstead ruling as disability rights victories, several speakers noted the tremendous impact these victories have had on the lives of older Americans and emphasized the need for the aging and disability communities to work together to address common barriers to inclusion, independence, and full participation.

“Gettin’ On” in PGN: Upcoming exhibit highlights contributions of Philly’s trans elders

June 18, 2015
By G Ragovin
As the media and public start to pay more attention to trans celebrities, it’s important to honor, remember and document the lives of transgender and gender-nonconforming people from the past — most especially the activists who created the foundation for current trans visibility and legislative gains.

With this goal in mind, members of the Philadelphia transgender community are collectively curating “Defiant Archives: Trans Histories of Existence, Resistance and Brilliance,” an exhibit on trans history and activism in Philadelphia. Opening July 24 at William Way LGBT Community Center, “Defiant Archives” will showcase materials from the John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives, the Trans Oral History Project and the private collections of the trans community. It is dedicated to the memory of longtime activist Charlene Arcila-Ecks.

On April 16 and 20, two collective curation workshops took place at William Way. Participants examined material from the Wilcox Archives, discussed what items to include in the exhibit and also brought up what aspects of trans history are missing from the archives, and how to represent them in the exhibit. Everything from the content to the design of the exhibit is being created by trans and gender-nonconforming volunteers.

NCEA highlights resources to prevent elder abuse

The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) at the Administration on Aging has assembled resources and awareness materials in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This awareness day is recognized each June to promote a better understanding of the abuse and neglect of older adults and the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. Every year an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23 cases go unreported.
These public awareness materials assembled through this initiative are part of a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders. The NCEA has created tip sheets on how individuals and organizations can help to prevent elder abuse and how to create greater awareness around these issues. The NCEA has also developed guides to preventing common scams, protecting yourself from exploitation, recognizing signs of abuse, and reporting victimization.

To access these materials from the NCEA, please visit

National Institute on Aging creates guide to online health information in Spanish

The National Institute on Aging at NIH has developed a new guide for finding reliable health information online in Spanish. The guide, called ¿Es confiable la información sobre la salud que se encuentra en el Internet? (Online Health Information: Can You Trust It?), is designed to help older adults and caregivers access accurate health information offered in Spanish. The guide includes questions that you should ask about health websites to determine their trustworthiness, as well as a list of government and non-government websites that provide high-quality health information specifically in Spanish. The complete guide from the National Institute on Aging at NIH can be accessed on the NIH website.

U.S. Trans Survey to launch this summer

The U.S. Trans Survey will be the largest survey ever devoted to the lives and experiences of trans people. It is the follow-up to the groundbreaking National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS), which was developed by the National LGBTQ Task Force and NCTE and released in the 2011 report called Injustice at Every Turn.

The NTDS has been the source for data on trans people and has provided critical information for advocates, policymakers, media, and academics with over 15,000 media hits. The USTS will be conducted every 5 years to learn about trans people’s experiences over time, how things are changing, and what needs to be done to improve the lives of trans people.

The USTS is a survey for all trans identities, including trans, genderqueer, and non-binary people, and will be the largest and most diverse trans sample to date. The USTS is our community’s survey: the USTS data set and results will be available to community advocates, organizations, and researchers for years to come.

The survey has not yet been released, but interested participants can sign up on the U.S. Trans Survey website to take the survey once it becomes available. To sign up, visit

Sunday, June 21, 2015

2015 White House Conference on Aging

Toward Greater Justice for Our Nation’s Elders
By Stuart F. Delery, Acting Associate Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Earlier this week President Obama issued a proclamation designating Monday, June 15, 2015 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The President called on all Americans to observe the day by “learning the signs of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, and by raising awareness about this important public health issue.” On Tuesday, Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council, welcomed fifty advocates, physicians, prosecutors, researchers, representatives of financial institutions, and state and local government officials to the White House for an Elder Justice Forum to talk about how best to address and prevent elder abuse and financial exploitation. With more than 40 million Americans already older than 65, and with 10,000 more Americans joining their ranks every day, these are issues of increasing urgency. [MORE]

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary in Philly!

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement, July 2-5, 2015, in Philadelphia

On the Fourth of July, join James Obergefell (plaintiff in the Supreme Court marriage equality case), Edie Windsor, Judy Shepard, Wanda Sykes, leaders and entertainers for the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony. The four-day National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration also includes wreath laying at the Gay Pioneers historical marker, six LGBT history exhibits, panels, parties, National Interfaith Service, "Gay Pioneers" film screening, concert, fireworks, street festival in the gayborhood and more. The Celebration takes place just days after the Supreme Court marriage equality decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.