News & Opinion
for this issue
New Guide for LGBT Elders in California Provides Comprehensive Information About Their Rights and Benefits
12.20.11 — A pioneering new guide released today gives California’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender elders—who are more likely to face discrimination, be low-income, and live in poverty—comprehensive information about their rights and the services that are available to them as they navigate the system of public and social benefits.
Sonoma County Defendants to Pay Clay Greene over $650,000 to Settle Case in Which County Forcefully Separated Greene from his Partner of 20 Years
07.23.10 — Late yesterday evening, Clay Greene and the estate of Harold Scull, Greene's deceased partner of 20 years, reached a settlement resolving their lawsuit against the County of Sonoma (“County”) and other defendants.
NCLR Expands Elder Law Program
Fellowship launches the Del Martin Memorial LGBT Elder Advocacy Initiative
07.06.10 — Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) announced the expansion of the organization’s pioneering elder law advocacy work with the launch of the Del Martin LGBT Elder Advocacy Initiative.
Asserting Choice: Health Care, Housing, and Property—Planning for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults
By Natalie Chin, Alfred J. Chiplin, Jr., Kimberly Dayton, and Melanie Rowen
March/April 2010 — 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.
NCLR Launches Visibility Campaign to Expose Tragic Case Where Sonoma County Separated Elderly Gay Couple, Sold Off All Belongings
Long-term partners had taken necessary steps to protect relationship in time of crisis
04.19.10 — Today, NCLR launched a national media campaign to bring visibility to a tragic new case where Sonoma County, California officials separated an elderly gay couple and sold their worldly possessions despite the measures the men had taken to protect their relationship.
Union Changes Policy To Provide Equal Pension Benefits To Domestic Partners
After two-year struggle, gay man receives deceased partner's pension benefits
08.22.07 — Today, NCLR announced a victory on behalf of NCLR client Marvin Burrows, the surviving partner of William Swenor, in Burrows' two-year struggle to receive Swenor's pension benefits from the Industrial Employers and Distributors Association and Warehouse Union (ILWU).
NCLR Elder Law Project Teams Up With Old Dyke Awards for Pat Bond Memorial
06.15.07 — Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) announced the Seventh Annual Pat Bond Memorial Old Dyke Awards Benefit, a Bay Area lesbian cultural event taking place on Saturday, October 27, 2007. Held in the memory of beloved comedienne, monologist, and playwright Pat Bond, a lesbian who, in her fifties, began her stage career, the event is intended to keep lesbian history alive and to recognize contributions that lesbians age 60+ have achieved in their lifetime.