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Resources expand for gay, lesbian seniors

Chicago-area residents in the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community have a variety of resources available to them. In June, the AARP launched an Internet portal ( It is AARP's first online home for those over age 50 in the LGBT community. The site features articles on news, personal finance, relationships, travel and other topics of concern to older gay Americans and their family and friends.

"A lot of our members asked for more coverage of LGBT issues," says Hugh Delehanty, senior vice president of AARP media properties, in Washington, D.C. "No other website addressed the LGBT community after 50. We have created that."The site links to general information topics on the AARP website. "We try to provide a rich menu of information," says Delehanty. Readership of the LGBT site has doubled since its launch, he adds.

A local resource is the Center on Halsted, in Chicago. It offers programs and support groups for LGBT seniors. Those who are interested should visit

Another resource is Sage—the oldest organization for LGBT older adults. Last year, Sage created the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging ( It features articles, information, and links to local resources.

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