pink traingle  Over the Rainbow, But Not Over the Hill
by Terrance Griep, Lavender Magazine, Minnesota
We’re quite the group,” Harry Hartigan says simply. “We are quite the group.” After that sentiment-in-stereo lingers in the air for a long moment, Hartigan seems to think on it, then speaks again. “I’m clearly passionate about this,” Hartigan, 61, observes, more by way of apologia than apology, “because when I joined this group 10 years ago, I was alone and isolated as a gay man.” The group to which Hartigan refers is the local chapter of Prime Timers, of which he is the secretary. Hartigan notes, “The Prime Timers are defined as gay and bisexual men who are older and our younger admirers.”

pink traingle  Chinese gay seniors and admirers
Oldster is a BBS targeted at gay seniors. A photo sub-board is the most popular forum on the site, but photos only show up for registered users. ChGay, a website aimed at a wider age range, has a section for seniors as well as a group for May-December romances.

pink traingle  LGBT seniors: Out of the closet and nowhere to go
By Victoria Brownworth, Philadelphia Gay News, May 28th , 2009
There are few gay men who can’t do an imitation of Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Boulevard.” (“I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.”) The quintessential commentary on what it means to grow old in a perpetual youth culture, Billy Wilder’s classic film featured a 50-year-old Swanson in the role of the “aging” silent-film star, Norma Desmond. Today, 50 is the new 40, not the death knell it was for both Swanson and her character. Yet, for many LGBT seniors, life can be as lonely and desperate as Desmond’s was in “Sunset Boulevard.”...

According to a recent study by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law at UCLA, lesbians and gay men are twice as likely as heterosexuals to grow old unpartnered and nearly 10 times more likely not to have someone (a spouse, child or other family member) to care for them in old age.More

pink traingle  Many over-45s 'ignore Sexually Transmitted Infection risks'
By Jim Merritt , Newsday, March 14, 2009
Many middle-aged people are continuing to take an irresponsible attitude to their sexual health, say experts. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain polled over 2,000 adults. Nearly a fifth of those polled aged 45 to 54 said they had had unprotected sex with someone other than a long-term partner in the past five years. There is a misconception that their risk of catching a sexually transmitted infection (STI) is "next to nothing", says the RPSGB. Sexually transmitted infections have doubled in under a decade in people over 45 and have been rising at a faster rate than in the young, recent figures from the Health Protection Agency show.

pink traingle  Coming out later in life
By Jim Merritt , Newsday, March 14, 2009
Gay men and lesbians say learning to be true to themselves is not an easy matter -- After concealing his sexual orientation for most of his life, Louis Lisi decided to begin living as an openly gay man in 1994 when he was 67. Emerging from years of secrecy was not an easy decision for Lisi, a Roman Catholic with strong family ties. "I loved my wife and I didn't want to leave her, and I loved my children, too," he explained.

pink traingle  Aging gay couple reconsider decision not to marry
By Joanna Lin, LA Times, March 4, 2009
Army Sgt. Bob Claunch and Lt. Jack Reavley fell in love in 1951. Still together today, they had no interest in wedding when same-sex unions were briefly legal. Now they think differently.

Though they are registered domestic partners in California, federal marriage benefits -- including Social Security and survivor payments -- are out of reach, even for same-sex couples with valid marriage licenses. Still, Claunch and Reavley are reconsidering. If the opportunity to marry comes again, they said they probably would take advantage of it -- and hope that federal marriage benefits would someday follow.More

pink traingle  Older people face greater HIV infection risks: study
Reuters. Tue Mar 3, 2009
Among the aged, the study said sexual activity is the most likely mode of HIV transmission. One reason for the increase in frequency is the use of impotence treatments that have allowed both men and women to have more sexual partners. "Since 1998, erectile dysfunction drugs have been extending the sex life of many older individuals and, at the same time, may be extending the HIV epidemic into older age groups," the study said. "Older individuals are less likely than their younger counterparts to practice safer sex," it said.

pink traingle  In praise of older men - How love and desire can leap across a gap
By Joseph Couture, Vancouver, Thursday, February 26, 2009
Twinks and trolls. Young men and old. One naturally turns into the other, yet in gay life they appear separate and distinct creatures inhabiting different realms of being. Is there a bridge to this divide between twink and twilight? Can older and younger men find common ground? Maybe even have a relationship?

pink traingle  Old age is no place for sissies
Tuesday Feb 17, 2009, The Edge, Boston
A topic many in the LGBT community don’t think about often is aging. We can accept it, but American society, unfortunately, still isn’t comfortable with “the gays.”[not just American! - Ed.] Thus, when gay seniors need to find a retirement home, they are often shoved back into the closet. Significant others of many years are torn apart as they aren’t legally recognized as a couple with rights. What happens to you if you’re in your 60’s or 70’s with no biological family? How do you find affordable living arrangements that don’t muzzle a major part of your identity or life? A Place to Live: The Story of Triangle Square is a documentary film that investigates this problem. The film won the Audience Award at OUTFEST in 2008.More

pink traingle  Boston GLBT Seniors Have a Place of Their Own
Tuesday Feb 17, 2009, The Edge, Boston
A new concept in senior living is making it easier for gay seniors and their friends to grow "old and gay" gracefully. Bellevue Senior Living has transformed a historic manor home on the desirable Bellevue Avenue in Melrose into a shared single-family residence actively welcoming GLBT seniors.More

pink traingle  In the prime of their lives
By Praveen Sathianathan, Feb 5, 2009, Dallas Voice
Although turning gray seems like the end of the world to many in this youth-obsessed society, to members of Prime Timers, aging is something to relish. And gay men come in a variety of sizes and, as the group likes to point out, ages. Jarvis Cummings, president of DFW Prime Timers said the youth-oriented gay culture is making a huge mistake to ignore older LGBT people. “Don’t count us out,” he said. “Older men have just as much to contribute these days.”More

pink traingle  Gay and lesbian seniors home proposed for Vancouver
Tuesday, April 15, 2008, CBC News
A seniors home for gays and lesbians in the East Vancouver neighbourhood of Mt. Pleasant could be the first of its kind in Canada. So far, the project is nothing more than a proposal, but already more than 30 people have plunked down a $1,000 deposit since it was first advertised two weeks ago, according to the U.S. developer.More

pink traingle  Male Sex Surveys Unveil Mysteries, Truths, Performance Issues for older men
By Carol Forsloff,
A large funded by the National Institutes of Health involved men ages 57 to 85 who were asked about their sexual problems. Although the media has shown that men can have healthy sex lives into their 80’s, there are wide differences in ability and performance involving age and racial groups...Men in the age group from 75 to 85 were 2.4 times more likely to report the inability to have an organism and 1.9 times more difficulty to sustain an erection than men in the age group from 57 to 64. There was, however, no diminution in sex interest with the increase in age.More

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