LGBT Adult Seniors Fear Discrimination
When I first saw this trending I was amazed at how many people didn’t fully grasp the entire point. They seemed to believe that just because nursing homes, family, caregivers, or assisted living facilities treat older gay people equally that’s the end of the discussion. This goes deeper than just being treated equally. And I’ve seen how it works, first hand, with several older adult seniors I’ve known. The fear of growing older for LGBT people encompasses many factors, and many times older LGBT people are actually forced to go back into the closet.
Look at it this way, an older gay man who lived his entire life in a gay friendly place like New Hope, PA, is suddenly forced into a heteronormative assisted living facility that’s run by Quakers. He’s treated well there, but that’s mainly because he won’t even mention the fact that he’s gay. He’s suddenly forced into living with mostly straight older people who don’t have a clue about what it’s like to be gay, and know nothing about gay culture. That is a valid fear, and it’s no way for senior gay people to live.
This article goes even deeper.
LGBT adults are also nervous about how they might be treated in a long-term care setting. More than 60 percent surveyed said they think they might be refused or receive limited care, and they also fear they would be in danger of neglect, abuse, or verbal or physical harassment. Most are uneasy about acceptance and think that entering long-term care might force them to hide or deny their LGBT identity.
These are all valid fears, and they can happen to anyone who’s LGBT.
You can read the rest here. We need to start doing something about this.
The Homophobic and Questionable Content On Tik Tok
For those who don’t know, Tik Tok is a new social media app geared toward teenagers that’s focused on videos. I downloaded it a few months ago and yesterday I took some time and watched a few. I was surprised at the homophobic comments I saw in more than one video.
And here’s a piece that goes into more detail about the questionable content on Tik Tok, and this one is about kids.
Hundreds of sexually explicit comments have been found on videos posted by children as young as nine.
TikTok says that child protection is an “industry wide-challenge” and that promoting a “safe and positive app environment” remains the company’s top priority.
You can read the details, here. I hope the people running Tik Tok are paying attention to all this.