After writing yesterdays Cyrsti’s Condo post which primarily dealt with the possibility of facing negative treatment when and if you are forced to enter an assisted living facility. I received feedback
In the meantime, yesterday afternoon, I attended a virtual meeting on the subject hosted by Equality Ohio and Rainbow Elderly Alliance of Dayton, Ohio. Essentially, what I found out was I wasn’t alone in thinking about building a bridge to jump off of (when considering my future). Survey’s taken have revealed the same concerns from a very large percentage of transgender individuals. I liked the surveys because they were careful to separate transgender women and men from the other segments of the LGB community. It turns out, many “gender expansive” (new term) individuals had been discriminated to the extent of even being denied equal health care and power of attorney’s.
I wish I could provide you all with some sort of positive here but the only thing I can come up with is, certain groups are working to help us with education programs for assisted living facilities. The major problem is we, meaning the LGBT community, have few legal resources as far as the government goes. In many parts of the country. Which unfortunately will not change or even get worse with the latest Supreme Court appointment.
As Michelle wrote in and said: hopefully I will never get close to the bridge to jump off of (and have to enter an assisted living facility. )
And Susan Brooks added this comment : “Like you, I am a senior in the transgender community and I am concerned that I might have to return to the closet in my later years. Now that I have entered my 70s, those later years are much closer than I would prefer. I’m fortunate to live in an open minded region of a very closed minded state. So, elections, such as the one we’re enduring right now, have consequences that definitely can hit home.
As you say, don’t jump off the bridge before you get to it.”
Thanks for the comments. I am trying desperately to bury my bridge parts in the closet!