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Health Equity for Older LGBT People of Color

Gay Voices (The Huffington Post)
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April 17, 2013

Helena Bushong is 60, transgender and living with HIV/AIDS. In 2002 she was dually diagnosed with HIV and AIDS and given six months to live. Ty Martin is an aging advocate who leads a support group for older gay black men with HIV/AIDS in the historic Harlem neighborhood of New York City. His group members grapple with stigma, the questions related to accelerated aging as HIV-positive people and a general longing for community. Both Helena and Ty are LGBT and people of color. And both of them combat the health disparities and socioeconomic challenges associated with aging as people who are marginalized on multiple fronts -- a reality rarely discussed in the mainstream aging field or in the popular LGBT rights movement. The virtual silence on this subject lives out in their personal and political lifespans.