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Why is the care of the aging LGBT population an issue?

Attention to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) aging issues has increased markedly in recent years. To a certain degree, the growing interest in the LGBT aging experience reflects its particularities, which in turn are shaped by the lifetimes of marginalization and discrimination that have been the shared experience of so many LGBT elders. But the dynamism of the LGBT aging field owes at least as much to the universality of many of its themes, which have fueled new kinds of collaborations that effectively address the needs of LGBT elders within the larger context of a graying and diversifying nation.

While LGBT older people historically have been disregarded even by the LGBT community itself, the changing demographics of the country make an increased emphasis on LGBT aging nearly inevitable. 

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