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5/31/18 2:11 A

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Yes, we have made some progress, but we are still looked upon as second class at best and we deserve better. Until we are really accepted I don't see that things will change medically or otherwise. I am hopeful, but realistic.

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5/30/18 7:19 P

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Tweetykcoo, I think it's easy for the straight, cis-gendered community to ignore us (at least until we want equal treatment for things they take for granted). I have found that we can't wait until they choose to support us. We have to organize, be political and engage for ourselves, talk to the corporate world on their turf and help them understand that we are not anomalies. We are citizens deserving of equal treatment.

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5/30/18 7:05 P

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Teester, I'm sorry your experiences have been so hard. The american system seems so topsy turvy and unsupported. I'm near Halifax in Canada and the medical community is really working to try and address some of the issues. Unfortunately, the trans community still has it hard. They have to travel to Montreal for surgeries but gender reassignment is more possible now than in the past. There are still instances of rolled eyes, dismissive attitudes and cringing. Hopefully, these issues will continue to be addressed and dealt with. If there isn't a gay yellow pages where you are, make one! Get involved with your pride office, gather the information and make it available to everyone.

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5/29/18 10:41 P

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It is sad that even with the progress we have made so far there are still so many obstacles for us. They are almost always the things nobody wants to talk about. Still so many issues and prejudices to deal with. We as a community are still being swept under the rug too often when support is most needed. Wishing there was more help and support to help us balance until things fall into place for benefits and help like the straight community has.

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5/29/18 9:34 P

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It is all about communicating amongst ourselves. We tried contacting the Gay Community in El Paso. I don't even know if there is a Gay Yellow Pages in El Paso. Brie is limited to VA doctors and their recommendations for outside consultations. So far, the experiences have been terrible.

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5/29/18 7:16 P

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As we age, there are unique challenges that we face. Finding a new partner after a break up can seem impossible in a youth-centric dating pool, made even more difficult as a single gay person. Financial issues can be more difficult as we watch our straight friends retire with the proceeds of two incomes. As we age and our parents and relatives die, we are left with a family void.
For the young people just starting out, these issues will be hopefully lessened but for the elders in the gay community right now having lived on one salary, being passed over for promotions and the threat of unemployment, homelessness and loss of friends and family can have repercussions into old age.
Health issues also are more difficult to deal with. Many health care professionals are uncomfortable or lack knowledge of issues specific to their LGBTQ patients.
What issues do you see for elders in the community? What can be done to address these issues?

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