Preliminary Annotated Bibliography

Preliminary Annotated Bibliography:

Kimmel, Douglas, Tara Rose and Steven David. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Aging. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.

I was very excited to come across this book on WorldCat (thank you, Sarah). It’s incredibly relevant and applicable to my project for it provides recent research covering a range of subjects regarding the processes of aging among LGBT individuals, particularly legal issues, retirement planning (how it converges and diverges from those of married heterosexual couples), and how the community is addressing these issues through institutions, including agencies dedicated to delivering services to the senior LGBT population i.e. SAGE which offers LGBT seniors in New York City much-needed clinical services and social activities. Additionally the book gives a historical context for the research on LGBT aging and the historical oppression in the lives of older members of sexual minorities.  An interesting study is whom senior gay men and lesbians turn to in times of crisis, in the absence of conventional family support systems. The bibliography of this book provides a number of interesting leads about LGBT aging that I plan to delve deeper into.

Knauer, Nancy, “LGBT Elder Law: Toward Equity in Aging,” Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, 39 no. 1 (2009)

This article helped develop the idea of researching the level of homophobia and heteronormativity within the senior community and aging services.  It also provides a legal approach to the issues of LGBT anti-discrimination protections in private eldercare settings. Currently in only twelve states and D.C. (Virginia not being one of them) provide protection on account of both sexual orientation and gender identity. The drawback of this article is that it was published three years ago and is not up to date with recent laws like the end of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”

Johnson, Michael, Nick Jackson, Kenneth Arnette, Steven Koffman, “Gay and Lesbian Perceptions of Discrimination in Retirement Care Facilities,” Journal of Homosexuality, 49 no. 2 (2005).

This article studies the perceptions of discrimination and bias in retirement facilities and suggestions for how to change the often discriminatory attitudes LGBTs face from administration, care staff and residents of these facilities.  It also gives insight as to why these intolerant attitudes are present ie the perception of homosexuality as a disease as suggested by the medical and pathology community in 20th century America.  Not only does this research ask a lot of good questions addressing perceptions and remedies for discrimination, it also provides me with a methodology as I plan address the perceptions of discrimination in retirement communities in Williamsburg.

“Pension Plans,” Human Right Campaign, accessed February 5, 2012

This article from the Human Rights Campaign is intended to inform the LGBT community about the Pension Protection Act of 2006 that included provisions to extend new benefits to non-spouse retirement plan beneficiaries such as same-sex domestic partners.  This Act may not be relevant to the current retirees, but may be something to investigate with older, employed LGBT individuals who plan to benefit from this law to designate their partner as the beneficiary of their 401(k) plan.

Wilson, Claire, “Gay Retirement Communities Are Growing in Popularity,” NYTimes, last modified November 20, 2005,

This article in the NYTimes addresses the rising market for LGBT centered retirement communities.  Important points are made about LGBT individuals fearing discrimination and abuse in mainstream care facilities and how they are often forced back into the closet, and rarely allowed to share rooms even if in a same-sex relationship.  It will be interesting to see if any LGBT individuals living in retirement experience these fears and are consequently reluctant to be open about their sexual preference (a concern I have about finding people to interview in these facilities).  A question will be why Williamsburg and not a LGBT centered care center like RainbowVision referenced in this article.

“Diversity,” Administration on Aging, accessed February 5, 2012, Tools_Resources/diversity.aspx

The AoA has some great resources for elder LGBTs and the center is dedicated to educate mainstream aging service organization about the special needs of LGBT elders and helps LGBTs plan future long-term care needs. The site has information from LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN), a group of American Society on Aging that works to raise awareness about the concerns of LGBT elders and the barriers they encounter in gaining access to housing, healthcare, long-term care, etc.

This is only a work in progress, I suspect to find more relevant sources as I begin think more about my interview questions upon speaking to people in the community to address the issues prevalent in Williamsburg

2 Responses to “Preliminary Annotated Bibliography”

  1. 1 dcpratt February 13, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Great to see that there’s plenty of relevant scholarly work out there! Looking forward to seeing how your local research adds to it.

  2. 2 sgglos February 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Terrific finds! I’m glad to have shared my enthusiasm for WorldCat with you. These look like strong resources.

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