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The Intersection of Elder Law and LGBT Issues

The Washington Post recently reported on discrimination faced by aging members of the LGBT community in receiving elder care.  According to the article, there will be around 7 million members of the LGBT community by 2030, and about 4.7 million of them will need elder care and services.  It is important that elder law attorneys and care professionals be aware of not just overt discrimination, but unique challenges faced by this community.  For example, many older members of the LGBT community may not have children or may be estranged from their family members.  As a result, they may be more isolated and vulnerable.  The article cites concerns about the need for older LGBT adults to hide their identity to find suitable housing and reports instances of neglect and harassment when an LGBT patient depends on others for care.  The article also cites less obvious, but no less important, concerns, such as care providers asking an LGBT patient when her husband will be visiting, or consulting biological family members instead of partners on treatment decisions.

It is important for elder law attorneys, care providers, and loved ones of older members of the LGBT community to be aware of these issues and address proactively how to guard against such issues.


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Catherine H. “Kate” McQueen is a family lawyer and principal in Offit Kurman’s Bethesda office and is licensed to practice in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Ms. McQueen focuses her practice on the many legal issues that impact families, including all the issues arising out of a divorce, such as custody, child support, alimony, and other financial and property issues. She also has extensive experience in guardianship matters for children and incapacitated adults, including assisting clients in petitioning for guardianship, serving as court-appointed counsel for alleged disabled persons, and serving as court-appointed guardian for individuals when their family members or friends are unwilling or unable to do so.


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