Join Director Basta, Sen. Villivalam, Rep. Mah, and Public Policy at Equality Illinois to discuss issues facing LGBT older adults. The event will feature vivid storytelling, a rich conversation covering issues facing older adults, and a panel discussion with policymakers uncovering what can be done to support LGBT+ older adults in Illinois!
Last year, Pride Action Tank, SAGE, and Equality Illinois advocated for major legislation that would advance equity for LGBT older adults and older adults living with HIV. It is Senate Bill 1319, which unanimously passed the State Senate and overwhelmingly passed the Illinois House. The Governor signed the bill on August 9, 2019. Sen. Villivalam and Rep. Mah were the chief sponsors of the legislation.
SB 1319 makes Illinois the third state in the country to designate LGBT older adults as a population of "greatest social need" for inclusion in aging programming, and the first state in the country to designate older adults living with HIV as a population of "greatest social need." Illinois is leading the way!