In a senate vote of 26-11, Assembly Bill 663 was passed on September 3. The bill was designed to help ensure that LGBT senior citizens get respectful and competent elder care by integrating LGBT cultural competency instruction into the training courses taken by residential care facility administrators.
“I am pleased that the state has taken another step toward full equality and opportunity for all members of the LGBT community,” said authorizer of the bill, Assembly member Jimmy Gomez.
Sponsored by Equality California (EQCA)—a statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy in California that has advanced the state of California to one with some of the most comprehensive human rights and protection for the LGBT community, over the last ten years—and the California senior legislature, the bill will now advance to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown.
“LGBT seniors are amongst the most vulnerable in our population,” said the executive director of EQCA, John O’ Connor. Nationwide, there are an estimated 1.5 million LGBT elders, and amongst those are members of the first generation to navigate the impact of HIV and AIDS on aging and health.
The goal of the bill is to ultimately integrate cultural competency training for residential care administrators into training courses so that the LGBT community will not be worried with being forced back into the closet, due to discrimination from administrators.
“We all deserve to age with dignity, including the LGBT community,” said Gomez in an online press release. #RightOn.