LGBTQ Community

LGBTQ Caregiving

If you’re an LGBT caregiver, you should be aware of how current laws and practices affect you. Here’s what you need to know.
Caregiving takes many forms. While we might think of caregivers as paid aides, in reality, the majority of caregiving in the U.S. is provided by informal caregivers, usually a spouse or child.

In the LGBT community, it is important to realize that many LGBT older adults do not have the same familial supports.
For example, when compared to their heterosexual counterparts, LGBT older adults are:

  • Twice as likely to age as a single person
  • Twice as likely to live alone
  • Three to four times less likely to have children to support them

While LGBT older adults may not have the same biological family supports as their heterosexual counterparts, many have developed important social
networks of partners, friends, ex-partners, neighbors and others. These networks are often referred to as “families of choice.”