Tag Archives: gay seniors

MISSISSIPPI: Funeral Home Sued For Refusing To Perform Cremation Of 82 Year-Old Married Gay Man

NBC News reports: One Mississippi family’s pain and grief after losing a loved one was compounded when the local funeral home suddenly refused to perform their relative’s cremation because he was gay. Robert Huskey passed away in May 2016 after his heart condition worsened over the previous year. Knowing that his death was imminent, Huskey’s nephew had made arrangements with ...

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HHS Strips LGBT Seniors From Annual Survey

NBC News reports: Advocates are outraged that questions about LGBTQ seniors have suddenly been removed from an annual survey that determines services for elderly Americans. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) uses the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP) to decide how to allocate federal funding to groups that work with the elderly. For years, LGBTQ ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Elderly Gay Widower Battles Partner’s Family For Ownership Of West Village Brownstone

The couple had been together for more than 50 years but never married. The New York Times reports: Bill Cornwell and Tom Doyle lived in a brownstone in the West Village for over five decades. They were artists, neighborhood fixtures and committed partners. Their enduring love never seemed to them to need codification — not to mention that for most ...

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AUSTRALIA: Elderly Sydney Couple Together 48 Years Says “Let Us Get Married Before We Die”

Via ABC News: A Sydney-based gay couple aged in their late eighties, who have been in a relationship for 48 years, say they want the right to marry before they die. After a lifetime of relative privilege and opportunity, it is the one thing that eludes John Challis, and at 87, it really bothers him. “I’m not going to live ...

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TEXAS: Couple Together 54 Years To Become First To Wed In Dallas County

(Tipped by JMG reader TJ)

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72 Years In Love

The lesbian couple who married in Iowa last week after 72 years together have told their life story. It begins: Vivian was a farm girl near Creston. Nonie a farm girl near Yale. Vivian was an indoor girl, spending hours “teaching my dolls,” practice for her dream of becoming a teacher. Nonie was an outside girl, helping on the farm ...

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Lesbian Couple Marries After 72 Years

After 72 years these ladies finally manage to marry each other, Wonderful!! #gay #Lesbian http://t.co/1PHX34Mj9K— Mrs.W (@MrsWsOpinions) September 8, 2014 From Iowa’s Quad City Times: Vivian Boyack and Alice “Nonie” Dubes say it is never too late for people to write new chapters in their lives. Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, began a new chapter in their 72-year relationship Saturday ...

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SAGE Partners With NPR’s Storycorps

Via press release: SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) and the renowned oral history organization, StoryCorps, are proud to announce a new partnership that will help identify stories from LGBT older people around the country for StoryCorps’ “OutLoud” initiative, which is dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing LGBTQ stories from across America. StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission ...

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TEXAS: Gay Couple Marries In United Methodist Church After 53 Years Together

NBC News in Dallas reports: It was a wedding 53 years in the making. Jack Evans and George Harris made their relationship official in the eyes of at least one church. “The marriage of George and Jack is a sign of God’s love and their love for each other and our love for one another,” said Rev. Bill McElvaney, the ...

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Married After 60 Years

From Oregon Public Radio: Eric Marcoux and Eugene Woodworth have been together since they the day they met in Chicago in 1953. “I am here today to be legally married to Eugene Woodworth, with whom I have had an intimate deeply committed relationship for a little over sixty years,” Marcoux says. Marcoux is 83 years old and Woodworth is 85. ...

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Hope For The Eldergays!

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NORTH CAROLINA: Lesbian Seniors Apply For Marriage License, Are Rejected

A lesbian couple together for 40 years yesterday applied for a marriage license in North Carolina’s Henderson County. “Carole and I are here today to apply for a marriage license,” said 79-year-old Mary Burson, “because we love each other, we’ve been together for 40 years…we’ve raised eight children together and we want to make the commitment that our brothers and ...

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Gay Veterans Marry At Senior Living Home

A gay couple together for 20 years has gotten married at their senior living home for veterans in a first for the facility. John Banvard, 95, and 67-year-old Gerard Nadeau, who served in Vietnam, said they wanted to have their ceremony among friends, so they chose to have it at the Veteran’s Home, where they’ve lived for the last three ...

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HHS Extends Medicare Coverage To Married Gays In Nursing Homes

Via press release: Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a memo clarifying that all beneficiaries in private Medicare plans have access to equal coverage when it comes to care in a nursing home where their spouse lives. This is the first guidance issued by HHS in response to the recent Supreme Court ruling, which held section ...

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TRAILER: Before You Know It

Plot synopsis: The subjects of BEFORE YOU KNOW IT are no ordinary senior citizens. They are go-go booted bar-hoppers, love struck activists, troublemaking baton twirlers, late night Internet cruisers, seasoned renegades and bold adventurers. They are also among the estimated 2.4 million lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans over the age of 55 in the United States, many of whom face ...

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Married After 48 Years Together

This weekend our own Father Tony married Fort Lauderdale residents Mike and Ray, who met 48 years ago at a gay bar in New Jersey.  The ceremony, which took place at Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain, was attended by eight friends of the grooms and was accompanied by a violinist. In lieu of the traditional stipend for officiating, the couple happily ...

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Today’s Gay Advice Request To NYT

Here’s the most recent letter sent to New York Times gay advice columnist Steven Petrow: Dear Civil Behavior: Your comment in a recent column about gays at midlife finding themselves “suddenly invisible — aged out by the young, restless and beautiful” resonated loudly with me. At 59 I am single and almost friendless. I live in Philadelphia, which has a ...

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At #LGBTmedia13

The fourth annual Haas Convening is underway in Philadelphia, where about 70 LGBT journalists have gathered for brainstorming and training on critical issues facing the community. Among today’s presenters are noted lawyer Lavi Soloway, who advocates for bi-national couples who face DOMA-related deportations. Other issues on today’s agenda include LGBT rights abroad and asylum rights, aging and seniors in the ...

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PHILADELPHIA: City And LGBT Leaders Break Ground On Gay Senior Housing

Philadelphia’s tourism agency sends us the above photo of today’s groundbreaking for a new LGBT seniors housing center. Among those pictured: U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, Union boss John Dougherty, PGN Publisher Mark Segal, Mayor Michael Nutter, and City Councilman Mark Squilla. Photo credit: Patrick Hagerty.

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Married After 64 Years

Here’s the first paragraph from a great New York article, Reasons To (Heart) NY: When the Columbia Library closed each night at ten, it was the custom of John Spofford Morgan, who was studying for a master’s in international affairs, to hop on the subway and head downtown to the New Verdi on West 72nd. Back then, there were two ...

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