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Navigating the System: A Know-Your-Rights Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders in California
This pioneering new guide includes comprehensive information about your rights and the services that are available to you as you navigate the system of public and social benefits in California.
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Cómo Navegar el Sistema: Una guía para conocer sus derechos diseñada para las personas lesbianas, gay, bisexual y transgéneras de tercera edad en California
Esta nueva guía incluye información comprensiva sobre sus derechos y los servicios que están disponibles para usted mientras que navega por el sistema de prestaciones públicos y sociales en California.
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Lifelines: Documents to Protect You and Your Family
This publication contains information about essential documents that will help you protect yourself and your loved ones in the event of illness, disability, or death.
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Planning with Purpose: Legal Basics for LGBT Elders
This guide provides basic information about select areas of the law that are important to LGBT elders, especially individuals and couples who are age 55 and over, based on NCLR’s experience advocating for LGBT elders. Written for LGBT elders and their families and caregivers, it includes information about issues related to relationship recognition, finances, health care, long term care, planning for the care of minor or disabled children, inheritance, elder abuse, and discrimination against LGBT elders. Planning with Purpose covers many of areas where rights, benefits, and protections are generally provided to heterosexual people based on spousal status, but are denied to same-sex couples, even if married or in other legal unions. Where there are particular considerations for transgender people, this guide notes them. Throughout, this publication recommends securing competent legal counsel with experience in LGBT and elder law issues, and emphasizes that advance planning is key.
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California Public Benefits Issues for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Clients: A Guide for Attorneys and Advocates
A guide for attorneys and advocates in California who are representing LGBT clients seeking public benefits, including Social Security, health benefits, income assistance, disability and unemployment, veterans benefits, and more.
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Asserting Choice: Health Care, Housing, and Property—Planning for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults
Although in their infancy, rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults are continuing to be developed and defined. Advocates are forging tools and resources to be used in pressing issues—such as health care, housing and property rights—of relevance to the LGBT community.
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Legal and Public Policy Issues for Transgender Elders
Transgender elders face unique and often extreme forms of discrimination. They are denied medical care, excluded from housing and social services, and despised simply for being who they are.
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California SB 1441 Fact Sheet
Effective January 1, 2007, California's state law, SB 1441, added sexual orientation and gender identity to the already established law that prohibits state-funded programs and/or activities from discriminating against participants.
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