1/23/2009

1138 Reasons: Nursing Homes & Assisted Living

1138-NEWImage by jessebucksc via FlickrAs the Baby Boomer generation ages we are experiencing the "graying of America." Part of that graying involves the large number of LGBT couples who are nearing retirement age.

Because LGBT couples are denied marriage rights they are not entitled to share a room in a nursing home or assisted living facility (including many senior citizen complexes) as their straight married counterparts are.

What does this mean? Imagine that you have been with your partner for 20, 30, or even 50 years. You have shared your lives and your ups and downs. The day comes when your health requires you to move into a nursing home or assisted living facility. If you're straight it's no problem. You can share a room with your husband or wife and live out your final days together. If you're LGBT then you're out of luck. You will be separated from your partner and forced to spend your final days alone and possibly rooming with a complete stranger. There will be nothing you can do about it as your life is now in the hands of people who might consider your relationship "deviant" and you have no legal right to challenge their narrow religiously biased opinion.

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