Both candidates for Boston mayor have placed LGBTQ issues front and center. Below are excerpts focusing on elder issues from the platforms of state Rep. Marty Walsh and city Councillor John Connolly.
LGBTQ Senior Center Designation – Marty will seek to develop a system for senior care centers to voluntarily apply for LGBTQ-friendly designation. He will also actively work to ensure that all mainstream elder service providers improve the capacity to provide appropriate care and support for LGBTQ seniors.
Senior LGBTQ Advocates– The Walsh Administration will encourage and support volunteer LGBTQ senior speakers to share their life experience as part of a public relations campaign. By empowering these seniors to connect with other seniors and community members, there will be less social stigma and increased open dialogue across all of Boston’s neighborhoods.
Care for LGBTQ Seniors – Marty’s Administration will mandate that city-funded organizations serving the aging population be trained and certified in providing LGBTQ-appropriate care. Private and non-profit organizations will be incentivized to attend these trainings as well.
Appoint a Coordinator of LGBT Services to the Elderly Commission to ensure that the specific needs of LGBT seniors are being met including housing and health care.
Ensure that programs are accessible and effectively serving LGBT Bostonians by including the option to indicate sexual orientation and gender identity on all city forms, applications, and surveys.