Research and Reports

The Network will be featuring requests for research assistance, and reports of relevance to LGBT elders and their support communities on this page.

First posted 10/31/2017
My name is Sarah Jen and I am a younger bisexual woman and doctoral candidate at the University of Washington School of Social Work. I am currently recruiting participants for my dissertation, which will include 1-2 hour in-person interviews with 15-20 bisexual women age 70 and older in the Seattle area. Interviews can be arranged in any location of the participant’s choosing. The study will generally explore bisexual women’s life stories, how they came to identify as bisexual, and what bisexuality means to them. Participants will receive $20 to compensate their invested time and energy. The only requirements for inclusion are that participants currently identify as a woman, currently identify as bisexual, and are 70 or older. Any interested folks can reach out to me by email ( or phone (616-334-6594). Please see Flyer for additional details.

Headway Workforce Solutions, in partnership with RTI, is seeking Part-Time Data Collectors to work in teams of 3-4 for the Research and Evaluation Survey for the Public Education Campaign on Tobacco among LGBT (RESPECT LGBT). This is an important research study, sponsored by The Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP).

RESPECT will evaluate the effectiveness of media campaigns in local bars and nightclubs designed to reduce tobacco use among young adults, ages 18-24 within the LGBT network. Data Collectors (DC) will work with their team to help bar patrons complete a short screening using a hand-held tablet. The DC will also recruit other venues in the area with a predominately LGBT clientele. We will be successful on this project if you have a crucial knowledge of these establishments.

Position Type and Duration

This is a short-term, part time job that will last approximately two weeks. Successful data collectors will have flexible schedules with availability to work 5 nights a week, including weekends from 9pm – 2am.

What is expected of you:

-Have a valid ID that can be used to verify legal age (at least 21 years of age) to enter the bars.
-Live within 50 miles of the study area.
-Work during the late evening and nighttime hours on weekdays and weekends.
-Have a valid driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle.
-Document and navigate through a tablet.
-Maintain confidentiality at all times.
-Have access to wifi.
-Understand that you will be working in busy and loud establishments for extended periods of time.
-Have extensive knowledge of the LGBT community and the local bars and nightclubs that cater to this lifestyle.
-Adapt to and feel at ease in various social environments and areas.
-Maintain a flexible schedule during bar recruitment and the screening period
-Confidently approach and speak to strangers and effectively explain the importance of this study.
-Meticulously account for incentive money paid out to respondents and request additional funds as needed to continue screenings.

APPLY HERE to be a data collector for RESPECT LGBT.

December 2016
The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University released its report:

Projections and Implications for Housing a Growing Population: Older Adults 2015 – 2035

“By 2035, more than one in five people in the US will be aged 65 and older and one in three households will be headed by someone in that age group. This growth will increase the demand for affordable, accessible housing that is well connected to services far beyond what current supply can meet.”

LGBT Seniors Are Being Pushed Back Into the Closet, David R. Wheeler, The Atlantic, Health, August 25, 2016

February 26, 2016
Allena Gabosch, Sex-Positive Speaker, Author, Coach and Activist, spoke on “Sexuality and Our Seniors.” She pointed to the “Sexual Expression Policy” formulated by the Hebrew Home at Riverdale as a model for senior housing providers to follow.

The LGBTQ Access Project works across a continuum of support services to improve access and outcomes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer survivors of abuse and exploitation. Learn more about this national demonstration project happening in King County. The Project produced an LGBTQ Family Law Guide for DV Advocates in WA and a 2014 King County Trans* Resource & Referral Guide. Both can be found on the Project’s “Tools & Resources” Page.

August 22, 2014 – U.S Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Administration for Community Living (ACL) (Ref: S&C: 14-42-NH)

A “Learning Tool on Building Respect for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Older Adults” has been developed by collaboration between the (U.S.) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the DHHS Office of Public Affairs, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and input from advocacy groups.”


This learning tool, offered free of charge, will educate care providers about the needs and rights of older LGBT adults. It introduces LTC and other aging service providers to LGBT aging and is designed to increase awareness of the issues faced by LGBT individuals living in LTC facilities. It consists of six training modules which include video testimonials, quizzes, and helpful information on how to make LTC more inclusive for this population. Each module lasts approximately 10 minutes. The learning tool can be veiwed over multiple sittings.”

Access to the tool is through the following website