LGBTQ+ OA Overview

History and support for older adults in the LGBTQ+ community.

This section uses the term “LGBTQ+ Older Adult (OA)" to describe anyone aged 60 and older who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, nonbinary, or gender nonconforming.

Currently, LGBTQ+ OA spans two distinct generations: The Silent Generation, born between 1928-1945, and Baby Boomers, born 1946-1964.

According to leading estimates, there are approximately 2.7 million LGBTQ+ adults aged 50 and older living in the United States, including 1.1 million aged 65 and older. Leading estimates report that by 2030, the number of LGBTQ+ OA who are 65 and older will reach 7 million.

Getting Support works to provide resources for individuals across the community as well as their loved ones. Please visit the pages in this section and across our LGBTQ+ law section to learn about the organizations that provide support and the legal options available to you. If you face a legal issue (such as discrimination) or would like to start planning for the future, you can find an attorney near you using our directory.

Was this helpful?