Eric Harrison



What do you do?

Executive Director, Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing

Why do you do it? 

Caring for the elderly LGBT community is the next epidemic of our generation.

What accomplishment in your career to date are you most proud of? 

Receiving a “thank you” via a Facebook message from one of my students when I was a Peace Corps teacher in Madagascar, who received a scholarship to study in the US 10 years later.

Who has made the biggest impact on you in life so far, and why? 

The late Senator Paul Wellstone. He was incredibly courageous and always voted his conscience.

How would you describe yourself in three words? 

Intense, driven and committed.

What is something that not a lot of people know about you, but you wish more people could know? 

10 years ago, I was weighing the pros and cons of moving from Minneapolis to either California or New York. In California, I envisioned drinking smoothies and practicing yoga. In New York, working 24/7 and addicted to something. I’m content with the path I have chosen.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be? 


If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? 

Rupert Everett

Where would you go if you had a time machine? 

Garden of Eden might be fun

Anything else you would you like to tell our readers?

It’s an honor to be running the Nation’s first and presently only affordable housing complex for LGBT seniors. As the elderly LGBT community is still being denied safe and secure environments across the country, Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing (GLEH) has set the standard for elderly LGBT care. Aging is a reality that affects us all and we need to be prepared for this major crisis.


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