The LGBT Elder Initiative was founded in October 2010 as a result of the LGBT Senior Summit. A community needs survey was conducted preceding the summit. That survey identified physical and emotional health services, housing, case management and social services, and social networking as the most pressing needs of LGBT elders in the Delaware Valley.
Based on the recommendations approved at the Summit, the LGBTEI was formed, with a Working Group as its core. Today the LGBTEI consists of consumers, representatives of the area agencies on aging, other aging service organizations, LGBT service and community organizations and representatives of local government agencies.
The LGBT Elder Initiative (LGBTEI) is committed to assuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults have rights and opportunities to live vibrant, creative and mutually supportive lives. To achieve this vision, the mission of the LGBTEI is to foster and advocate for services and resources that are competent, culturally sensitive, inclusive and responsive to the needs of LGBT elders in the Delaware Valley and beyond.
The LGBTEI is dedicated to building bridges between Aging and LGBT service and community organizations and consumers through advocacy, information, education and referral.