AARP announces support for Equality Act

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WASHINGTON — The AARP announced last week that it has sent a letter to the U.S. Senate in support of the Equality Act.

In a press release, the organization said that AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond had written members to endorse the bill.

Employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit and the jury system would be impacted by the bill, LeaMond said.

“On this historic date, which marks fifty years of LGBT advocacy since Stonewall, AARP is pleased to support the Equality Act,” LeaMond said in a letter dated June 28.

According to AARP’s 2018 national LGBTQ survey, “Maintaining Dignity,” 34 percent of LGBT older adults said they were concerned that they would have to hide their identity in order to have access to suitable housing as they aged.  More than 75 percent said they were concerned about having adequate family or social supports to rely on as they aged.

The brief states that “one in five older LGBT adults reported recent involuntary job loss due at least in part to their perceived sexual orientation and gender identity, and older LGBT workers postpone retirement at a higher rate than the general population, likely due to a lifetime of economic disadvantage.”

AARP said that it has more than 900,000 LGBTQ members.

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