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Don’t Let the Government Erase LGBT Seniors–Comment Before May 12 to Correct a Health and Human Services Survey

Stop the federal government from turning a blind eye to the needs of LGBT seniors. Tell the Department of Health and Human Services to restore questions about sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) to the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants questionnaire.

The SOGI questions were present in a January 2017 version of the report, but disappeared from a revised version that appeared in March, after Trump was elected. Refusing to collect data on the sexual orientation and gender identity of seniors makes it harder to identify and deliver services that they might need.

You can speak out against the change and demand the restoration of the SOGI questions, but you must do so before May 12, 2017. Email or write to the HHS representative who is accepting comments about the survey and say you want it to collect SOGI data.

Sample email or letter: Dear Ms Menne, I am emailing to ask the Health and Human Services department to restore questions about sexual orientation and gender identity to the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants. I would also ask you to keep looking into ways to support LGBT seniors in a thoughtful, competent manner, and to examine and share the survey results periodically. Thank you for taking my comments. Sincerely, <Firstname Lastname,>

 

Read a Fenway Focus post about the consequences of removing the SOGI questions from the survey:

http://fenwayfocus.org/2017/03/lgbt-seniors-those-living-with-disabilities-if-you-dont-count-us-we-dont-count/

 

Email Heather Menne, the HHS rep who is accepting comments on the survey:

heather.menne@acl.hhs.gov

 

Or mail her your comments:

Heather Menne

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

Administration for Community Living

Washington DC 20201

 

Special thanks to Trump Resistance Today, who tipped us off to this. Follow Trump Resistance Today:

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