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30 days. Overall, 31% of the LGBT participants attended such services or activities including: lesbians (33%), gay men (29%), bisexuals (36%), and transgender participants (58%). The differences by sexual orientation and gender identity are not statistically significant. Identity disclosure Sexual orientation and gender identity are marginalized social identities that are, to varying degrees, concealable. Concealing one's identity can have short-term benefits, making one a less visible target for discrimination, but in the Levels of identity disclosure by sexual orientation and gender long-term, hiding one’s identity identity increases Standard psychological distress Mean Deviation (Meyer, 2003). Disclosing Lesbians 3.51 .69 one's marginalized identity Gay Men 3.57 .64 provides potential access ‡ Bisexual Women and Men 3.07 .83 to important psychological ‡ Transgender Women and Men 3.23 .91 and social resources. ‡ Indicates that a p value remains <.05 in adjusted logistic regressions LGBT-identified after controlling for age, income, and education. individuals have increased opportunities for social interactions with "like" others, which can be socially supportive; comparing one's self to like others also helps LGBT individuals to be more self-accepting (Meyer, 2003). LGBT participants were asked to what extent they openly identify, or are “out”, about their sexual orientation or gender identity to others. Possible responses ranged from not at all = 1, to completely = 4. Higher mean scores are indicative of higher levels of identity disclosure, or being more "out." Overall, LGBT participants appear to have relatively high levels of identity disclosure – to be quite “out” (M = 3.52, SD = .68). Bisexual participants have significantly lower levels of identity disclosure than do lesbians and gay men; transgender adults have lower levels than non-transgender adults. Future planning There are more than 1,100 rights, privileges, and benefits that are automatically conferred on couples in federally recognized marriages (General Accounting Office & Office of the General Counsel, 1997). Many of these benefits make less pressing the need for future planning, such as the right to make medical decisions or funeral arrangements for an ill or deceased spouse, or automatic inheritance and exemption from estate taxes. Even with the recent Supreme Court rulings in favor of marriage equality and federal recognition of same-sex marriage, it is important to note that the federal government does not recognize domestic partnerships 28

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Addressing the Needs of LGBT Older Adults in San Francisco: Recommendations for the Future  

This report examines results of a survey of more than 600 LGBT older adults in San Francisco in 2013.

Addressing the Needs of LGBT Older Adults in San Francisco: Recommendations for the Future  

This report examines results of a survey of more than 600 LGBT older adults in San Francisco in 2013.