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Gay and Lesbian Aging

The Future

There have been dramatic social and health changes since the 1980s that will likely have an effect on future generations of older gays and lesbians. Gays and lesbians are much more activistoriented than in previous decades (other than the initial gay rights movement associated with the 1970s). These advocacy efforts are aimed at policy and legal implications associated with the issues addressed above. Overall, there seems to be a greater social tolerance of same-sex orientation as reflected in the emergence of domestic partnership policies, more realistic portrayal of gays and lesbians in the media, and an overall greater awareness of gays and lesbians in American society. As a result, it is likely that some of the issues faced by older gays and lesbians today will be different for older gays and lesbians in the future, especially those who grew up and grew old after the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and who were involved in the ensuing gay rights movement.

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