- Meeting Agendas, Minutes & Audio
- HRC and DAAS Staff Members
- Task Force Members
- Articles, Reports and other Resources
- LGBT Aging Policy Task Force Draft Final Report (pdf)
Launched in October 2012, the LGBT Aging Policy Task Force (formerly known as the LGBT Seniors Task Force) advises the Board of Supervisors on matters relating to the needs and concerns of senior members of the LGBT community. The Task Force holds hearings and takes testimony regarding LGBT senior issues and related matters and reviews, updates and creates implementation plans for recommendations in existing reports including: the 2003 HRC Report on LGBT Seniors, the San Francisco HIV Health Services Planning Council Repot on HIV/AIDS and Aging and the 2011 Report of the SRO Task Force.
DAAS & HRC STAFF MEMBERS
|Tom Nolan, Department of Aging and Adult Services||Tom.Nolan@sfgov.org||(415) 355-3517|
|Sneh Rao, Human Rights Commission||Sneh.Rao@sfgov.org||(415) 252-2525|
Bill Ambrunn was born in San Francisco and grew up on the Peninsula. After graduating from Ucla (BA in Psychology1984) and Santa Clara University School of Law (JD 1987), Bill moved to San Francisco and began practicing law. Bill served as a Deputy County Counsel for San Mateo County representing the Public Health and Mental Health Departments. In 1994, Bill was hired as chief of staff by former Supervisor Susan Leal and served as her liaison to the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities, and to the Castro and other LGBT neighborhoods. Bill also worked in nonprofit development for many years for organizations like Project Open Hand and Jewish Family and Children’s Services. Bill has been active in politics and government in San Francisco since 1990, and has also been active in the Jewish community, having served on the Jewish Community Relations Council Board and the Jewish Community Federation’s original LGBT Task Force. In 2010 Bill joined the LGBT Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission where he worked with other members of the community to lay the groundwork for the creation of the LGBT Aging Policy Task Force. Bill currently lives and works in the Castro where he specializes in estate planning for members of the LGBT community and nonprofit law.
Jazzie Collins, an HIV-positive transgender female of color, was born in 1958 to a teen mother in Memphis, Tennessee. She moved to San Francisco in 1988 and started her transition from male to female in her late 40’s. Ms. Collins’ heart and soul is in the work she does as a community organizer. She enjoys understanding, breaking-down and communicating legislative policies to her community. She also enjoys the arrival of winter rain, when she can sit back and read the many books on her bookshelves.
Dedicated trans rights and economic equality activist Jazzie Collins passed away on July 11, 2013. Ms. Collins was honored in June in the State Assembly for LGBT History Month, and was on the board of the annual Trans March, among many other honors and activities. Click here to read a tribute to Ms. Collins from fellow LGBTAPT Member Tommi A. Mecca: "Jazzie Collins: Forever Fighting the Good Fight" (SF Bay Guardian, July 12, 2013).
Marcy Adelman, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. She is a writer, researcher and lecturer on LGBT senior issues. Dr. Adelman co-founded Openhouse, a non-profit LGBT senior housing and service organization and presently serves on the Openhouse Board. She also serves as an advisor to the San Francisco Aging and Adult Services Commission, the San Francisco Village, AARP California on livable communities, and the University of California San Francisco Lesbian Health Resource Center. Dr. Adelman is one of the recipients of the Advocate 2011 Innovator of the Year award.
"Michelle Alcedo is the Director of Programs at Openhouse, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization serving LGBT older adults in San Francisco Bay Area. Since joining Openhouse in 2007, Michelle has worked with over 2,000 aging network providers throughout CA to help create safe, welcoming and affirming services and programs for LGBT older adults. Most recently, Michelle was appointed to the CA Mental Health Services Act Multicultural Coalition (CMMC) whose primary goal is to work toward the integration of cultural and linguistic competence into the public mental health system. She also currently serves as chair of the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Community Partnership and the LGBT Community Partnership, workgroups of the former San Francisco Partnership of Community-Based Care and Support. Michelle is a board member of the Coalition of Agencies Serving the Elderly (CASE), an advocacy organization that has informed and influenced public policy to meet the continuing and changing needs of the SF aging and disabled adult populations for over four decades. She is also on the board of the LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN) of the American Society on Aging (ASA). As a graduate of the New Ventures in Leadership, a program of the American Society on Aging, Michelle completed a short film on the intersections of ethnic/cultural and sexual identities facing LGBT elders of color living in the Bay Area.
Scott J. Haitsuka’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of San Francisco’s LGBTQQI community spans over 25 years. He was an emotional support volunteer with Shanti Project in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, has worked professionally with the LGBT Community Center, New Leaf Services for Our Community, and as a counselor and case manager with Progress Foundation. Scott is currently an associate clinical social worker and the Program Coordinator with Openhouse, which serves San Francisco’s LGBTQQI older adult community. He recently served on San Francisco’s Mental Health Services Act & Community Behavioral Health Services Older Adult Peer Services Planning Committee.
Perry Lang is the Executive Director of the Black Coalition on AIDS, one of the nation's oldest community service organizations dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS in the Black community. Before joining BCA, Lang worked as the Western Region Director of YouthBuild USA and was the Vice President of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. He worked for more than 20 years as a journalist in New York, Norfolk Virginia and San Francisco. In San Francisco, he was a staff writer at the San Francisco Chronicle for more than a decade.Lang has been of service to the community in a variety of volunteer capacities, including as President of the Bay Area Black Journalists Association and as a board member of the Bayview YMCA. He has a BA in Journalism/Communications and a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in interfaith studies. He has served as President of the Board of Directors of the East Bay Church of Religious Science in Oakland and was the Associate Pastor at San Francisco historic Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, the nation's first interfaith, interracial congregation founded by the late Howard Thurman.
Ashley McCumber is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Meals On Wheels of San Francisco (MOWSF), the largest provider of nutrition and supportive services to homebound seniors in San Francisco. Over the past five years, MOWSF has grown by 42% in the number of meals/clients served. In addition, Mr. McCumber is Vice President of the Board for the California Association of Nonprofits which seeks to increase the impact and voice of the nonprofit sector in California. Prior to joining MOWSF, Mr. McCumber was the President/Chief Executive Officer of United South End Settlements (USES) in Boston, Massachusetts, joining that Agency in 2002. Mr. McCumber was successful at increasing programming for families and children, and boosting the agency's offerings which improved cohesion and civic participation in the South End and Lower Roxbury neighborhoods. As President of USES, Mr. McCumber oversaw a $3.7 million annual operating budget, supporting four facilities. He was responsible for the delivery of a wide-range of community-based human service programs delivered in a traditional settlement house fashion. These programs were overlapping and intricately linked to reach people of all ages and backgrounds. Along with 20 years of non-profit and community leadership experience, Mr. McCumber has extensive expertise in fundraising, community relations, non-profit management, and arts and event administration. In 1999, he led the marketing and development effort to open the largest Latino cultural center in the country located in San Jose, CA, The Mexican Heritage Plaza. Some of the executive and managerial positions formerly held by Mr. McCumber include his service as Sr. Director of Institutional Advancement, Unitarian Universalists Service Committee; Dir. of Development, Marketing and Communications, Codman Square Health Center, Dorchester, MA; Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Bridgewater State College; and Director of Tourism and Cultural Dev. for the City of New Bedford, MA.
Moli Steinert is the Executive Director of SteppingStone, the largest provider of Adult Day Health Care in San Francisco that enables frail seniors and disabled adults maintain their health and live independently in their community. She previously was Executive Director of Openhouse where she led efforts to build better access to aging services and housing for LGBT seniors in San Francisco. Her career has spanned over 30 years of community activism working on issues ranging from civil rights to health care to international development. Moli is an appointed member of San Francisco’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council, San Francisco LGBT Policy Task Force and a Board member of the California Association of Adult Day Services.
- M.V. Lee Badgett, The Myth of Gay & Lesbian Affluence, The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide (2000) - No link available
- San Francisco Human Rights Commission, Aging in the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Communities (2003)
- Chicago Task Force on LGBT Aging, LGBT Persons in Chicago: Growing Older: A Survey of Needs and Perceptions (2003)
- Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues, Aging in Equity: LGBT Elders in America (2004)
- A Human Rights Investigation into the Medical "Normalization" of Intersex People (2005)
- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, Outing Age 2010: Public Policy Issues Affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (2009)
- San Francisco HIV Health Services Planning Council, HIV/AIDS and Aging (2010)
- MetLife Mature Market Institute, Still Out, Still Aging: The MetLife Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Baby Boomers (2010)
- UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, The Health of Aging Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults in California (2011)
- Stories from the Field: LGBT Older Adults in Long-Term Care Facilities (2011)
- The Aging and Health Report: Disparities and Resilience Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults (2012)
- SRO Task Force Report (2012)
- National LGBTI Aging and Aged Care Strategy (2012)
- Low-Income Seniors Struggle in S.F. (SF Gate, August 29, 2012)
- Report by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and HRC on LGBT Seniors of Color (October 9, 2012)
- Report by San Francisco Human Services Agency on LGBT Seniors in San Francisco (November 2012)
- Powerpoint Presentation by San Francisco Human Services Agency on LGBT Seniors in San Francisco (November 8, 2012)
- Breaking Ground on Housing for LGBT Seniors (Reuters, November 8, 2012)
- Gen Silent: The critically-acclaimed documentary from filmmaker Stu Maddux (2012)
- Inclusive Services for LGBT Older Adults (National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, 2012
- Retirement options grow as gay boomers find more mainstream acceptance (CNN, December 9, 2012)
- Powerpoint Presentation by Task Force Member L. Michael Costa on Public Policy and Decisionmaking (December 11, 2012)
- SF LGBT Aging Policy Task Force November & December 2012 Outreach Report (January 8, 2013)
- Powerpoint Presentation by Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen from University of Washington: "Risk and Resilience: LGBT Older Adults in San Francisco (January 8, 2013)
- LGBT Older Adults in San Francisco-Health, Risks and Resilience, Report by by Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen from University of Washington (January 2013)
- Report on HIV+ Aging Community and Housing (February 6, 2013)
- LGBT Older Adults Community Survey Outreach Calendar (March 2013)
- Inclusive Questions for Older Adults: A Practical Guide for Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, 2013)
- A Gay Man at Midlife Ponders Being Lonely and ‘Invisible’ (NY Times, March 19, 2013)
- Elder Conference to Focus on Trans Issues (Bay Area Reporter, March 21, 2013)
- Physical and Mental Health of Transgender Older Adults: An At Risk Underserved Population, Fredriksen-Goldsen et.al. (The Genontologist, March 2013)
- Op-ed by LGBTAPTF Member Tommi Mecca for the SF Bay Guardian about the LGBTAPTF Housing Subcommittee Hearing on April 1, 2013 (SF Bay Guardian, March 27, 2013)
- The Latino Age Wave: What Changing Ethnic Demographics Mean for the Future of Aging in the United States (2013)
- Health Service Needs of LGBT Older Adults in Philadelphia (April 2013)
- Press Release: LGBT Task Force on Agingto Conduct Important Survey on Aging in LGBT Community (April 4, 2013)
- Living Outside the Safety Net: LGBT Families & Social Security. A joint report by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
- Health Equity and LGBT Elders of Color: Recommendations for Policy and Practice (SAGE, 2013)
- Push to build LGBT Senior Housing Begins (Wisconsin Gazzette, May 3, 2013)
- When to Do Surgery on a Child With 'Both' Genitalia? (May 16, 2013)
- Almost One-Third of Homeless in S.F. are Gay (SFGate, June 22, 2013)
- HHS clarifies gay couples have nursing home visitation rights (Washington Blade, June 28, 2013)
- Outreach to S.F. Gay Seniors: Many Lack Support, Avoid Social Services (SF Chronicle, July 9, 2013)
- Results from the LGBTAPTF ground-breaking survey of LGBT Seniors in San Francisco: Addressing the Needs of LGBT Older Adults in San Francisco: Recommendations for the Future (July 2013)
- A Tribute to Jazzie Collins from LGBTAPT Member Tommi A. Mecca: "Jazzie Collins: Forever Fighting the Good Fight" (SF Bay Guardian, July 12, 2013)
- How to End the Senior Loneliness Epidemic (Next Avenue, July 25, 2013)
- SFDPH Transgender Resource Manual (SF Department of Public Health Office of Cultural Competence & Client Relations, 2013)
- Announcement: Memorial Service for LGBT Aging Policy Task Force Member Jazzie Collins to be held on Thursday, August 1, 2013
- Community Advocate Jazzie Collins featured in the Bay Area Reporter (July 18, 2013)
- SFDPH Principles for Collecting, Coding, and Reporting Identity Data (August 15, 2013)
- SFDPH Presentation on Principles for Collecting, Coding, and Reporting Identity Data (August 15, 2013)
- Results from the LGBT Aging Policy Task Force Focus Group on LGBT Older Adults (August 27, 2013)
- The Home Care Industry in California Is Growing and Largely Unregulated (UCLA Center For Health Policy Research, September 5, 2013)
- Participate in the LGBT Health Assessment Survey (September 25, 2013)
- Financial Wellness for Seniors Luncheon (October 4, 2013)
- H.I.V. and Aging – A Survey in Three San Francisco Area Counties – San Francisco City and County, San Mateo County, Marin County (2013)