June 18, 2014 at 2:59 pm EST | by Staff reports
California committee considers needs of LGBT seniors
Tom Ammiano, gay news, Washington Blade

‘There is great neglect of this population,’ said gay Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of California.

SAN FRANCISCO — A California Assembly committee this month held what is believed to be the first hearing in the legislature to look at the specific needs of LGBT seniors, the Bay Area Reporter, a San Francisco gay newspaper, reports.

As part of a series of hearings it is holding this year focused on certain demographic groups, the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care convened June 10 to hear from LGBT aging experts and community members.

“There is great neglect of this topic. There is great neglect of this population,” gay Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), 72, told the committee.

The committee will incorporate the findings of the nearly three-hour long hearing into its report that will be submitted to state lawmakers this fall. Yamada, who is termed out of office in December, said the document would include legislative and policy recommendations.

San Francisco officials are already working to implement several policy recommendations proposed in the report from the city’s LGBT Aging Policy Task Force. The panel issued its findings and calls for action in April, and legislation should be introduced at the Board of Supervisors this summer to begin enacting some of its proposals, the Bay Area Reporter said.

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