California Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 2719 into law, officially granting state-administered programs and services for LGBT+ seniors.
The bill, authored by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin and co-sponsored by SAGE and Equality California, incorporates sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expressionto the list of elderly communities that will be granted resources from the California Department of Aging.
“It’s incredibly important that we ensure LGBTQ older adults have access to the services and support they need to maintain their health and live their lives with dignity,” said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California.
“We’re deeply grateful to Gov. Brown for signing AB 2719 and to Assemblymember Irwin for being such a strong champion for our LGBTQ elders.”
LGBT+ seniors will now receive support in finding employment opportunities, receiving specific healthcare, and help in fostering LGBT+ elder communities.
California is set to have nearly 11 million people over the age of 60 by 2030, it is estimated around 380,000 of those will be LGBT+.