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Study: 60% LGBTQ+ seniors in Oregon experience discrimination – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-09-16 18:58:05 –

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Portland, Oregon (KOIN) —According to a recent survey, 60% of LGBTQ + older people experienced discrimination last year.

Research funded by Oregon Department of Health and Human Services The first species in Oregon, conducted by the Goldsen Institute at the University of Washington. Oregon LGBTQ + Senior Citizens Report We surveyed 1,402 adults aged 55 and over who identified LGBTQ + for their needs and strengths within the community.

“We wanted to identify baseline data for the LGBTQ + elderly experience in Oregon,” said Jane-Ellen Weidanz of ODHS. Long-term services for the elderly and disabled And support administrators. “So we can start addressing concerns and build the strengths that those communities have.”

LGBTQ + Participant Discrimination Rate over the Past Year
Courtesy: Goldsen Institute (University of Washington) and Faculty of Human Services, Oregon

Research led by Dr. Karen Fredriksen Goldsen,of University of WashingtonWe found that more than half of the participants reported discrimination and 24 percent reported abuse.

“I was impressed with the proportion of individuals who were actively discriminated against, which prevented them from accessing the service and reporting abuse,” Weidanz told KOIN6 News. “For a program aimed at serving the very distressed elderly and all Oregons.”

According to the survey, 76% of participants who experienced abuse did not report it. The data also showed that BIPOC community members were at high risk of discrimination.

LGBTQ + Participant Elder Abuse Percentage Over the Past Year
Courtesy: Goldsen Institute (University of Washington) and Faculty of Human Services, Oregon

“There is still long-standing discrimination in our society that has plagued this community,” Weidanz said. “Things are changing, but not fast enough, so I think we still have something to do.”

More than half of the participants reported having unmet needs for the service, and one-third of the group experienced some degree of financial instability.

The data also showed that investigators experienced higher suicidal ideation than the general public, with 21% reporting suicidal ideas in the past year.

LGBTQ + Percentage of suicidal ideation over the past year by age group of participants
Courtesy: Goldsen Institute (University of Washington) and Faculty of Human Services, Oregon

Despite the disparity, the survey also shows great resilience among participants, with nearly 80% actively supporting others by joining the LGBTQ + community.

Weidants told KOIN 6 News that the study is very important because it helps identify the needs of the community and strengthen support for overcoming inequality.

Oregon LGBTQ + Elderly Survey in partnership with ODHS Governor’s Committee on Senior Services, NS Oregon LGBTQ + Aging Union When SAGE Metro Portland Among other community organizations and LGBTQ + supporters.

For those in need of resources and support, Weidenz gave this message: “If you are facing discrimination or are afraid to reach out, we are here for you. We have service and support and we are here to help. “

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