Pledge & Protect: Older Adults

Pledge and Protect serves the needs of LGBTQ older adults. Recent estimates show that nearly 15 million Americans identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. By 2030, LGBTQ adults ages 50 and older will number more than 5 million.

Due to unique challenges faced by this population, LGBTQ Older adults are at greater risk for social isolation, loneliness, health issues, and poverty. LGBTQ older adults are less likely to have children to rely on for care and are more likely to live alone compared to heterosexual adults. LGBTQ older adults are also more likely to live in poverty compared to heterosexual older adults.

To support LGBTQ older adults as they age, Garden State Equality has many workshops and programs to offer. 

Programming for NJ Older Adult Providers


Needs Assessment

Completing a needs assessment is the first step towards making your older adult facility a more inclusive space for LGBTQ older adults and their families. Contact us and we’ll set up a meeting, go over a brief questionnaire, and provide an initial assessment. 

Policy Assistance

Garden State Equality provides consultation on federal and state law as they relate to the older adult industry and SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Gender Expression). We can share legal expertise in this area and help you develop and audit your policies. 

Professional Development Trainings

LGBTQ cultural competency, legal issues and policy. Topics include terminology, basics of sexual orientation and gender identity, LGBTQ patient walkthroughs/role playing with LGBTQ identities and building safe and affirming older adult facilities. We offer trainings for clinicians and older adult professionals, and tailor our presentations to address the needs of your facility. 

Other Speaking Engagements

Representatives from Garden State Equality are available to speak to older adult professionals, as well as to residents and community members.