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LGBT community when there is someone who says, “Yes, I am bisexual,” people say, “Ay no, you are crazy or confused.” I think that there is much discrimination within our community, but as long as you don’t say who you are, things are fine.” According to the focus group participants, there is also a difference in perceptions of the LGBT community between Hispanics and other non-Hispanic communities in the USA. The latter appear to be more accepting of populations with a diverse sexual orientation:  “The Latino is inclined to criticize, as we are here among Latinos, and it is the reality. You enter, for example, an African-American or Anglo-Saxon community and you are one more person. There is no problem.” Aging Experience of the LGBT Community Some participants felt that the experience of getting older among LGBT individuals was not different from that of the general population. Some even felt that with aging there is more selfacceptance, particularly if an older person is financially secure:  “I agree with the opinion that there is more self -acceptance. There are people who say, “I don’t have my parents anymore or anyone to whom I owe an explanation:” When you are economically independent, as our colleague said when he got here, “Now I am going to be free.”  “It is age and I think that it is in all cultures. From what I’ve seen, when you are older, it does not matter whether you are gay or not. It’s the same from what I’ve seen. It is not worse to be gay than to be old.” Other focus group participants stressed that in a youth-oriented culture growing older was not an easy experience, especially for the gay male population, which emphasized the importance of virility and viewed aging as being “less sought after:”  “One of the great challenges that we have here is that you have the factor of being invisible in LA because not only you have ageism, you have the LGBT community, where being old is not looked upon well, especially with men. And then you have Los Angeles, which is very anti-age, you know.”  “I think there is a huge problem with older persons, aside from rejection. Nobody wants to get near or talk to an LGBT person, even if they are in the same place… There is a great deal of rejection of old persons. That is why those old men and women do not have support groups even among themselves… We are persons who, because of who we are, people are not interested in…” Social Support/Family Ties Family support is the most desirable relationship that occurs though Hispanic older adult’s social network. However, for the LGBT community these ties are often broken. Some participants 27

In Their Own Words: Hispanic LGBT Older Adults  

This report was created by the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) in partnership with SAGE and sponsored by the Diverse Elder Coalit...

In Their Own Words: Hispanic LGBT Older Adults  

This report was created by the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) in partnership with SAGE and sponsored by the Diverse Elder Coalit...

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