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“I Will Not Be Discriminated Against”: Older Lesbians Creating New Communities

Gabrielson, Marcena L. PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3182300db8
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults fear discrimination in long-term care and voice a preference for LGBT-specific services. The purpose of this study was to describe, through the eyes of 10 socially interconnected older lesbians (>55 years), the roles that life experiences, social ties, and expectations for aging play in their decision to live in an LGBT continuous-care setting. Nursing has been largely inattentive to older lesbians' unique health and care issues. Reforms in nursing research, education, and practice are suggested to make this population more visible and better understood.

Mennonite College of Nursing, Illinois State University, Normal

Correspondence: Marcena L. Gabrielson, PhD, RN, Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University, Edwards Hall, Normal, IL 61790 (

This research was supported by a John A. Hartford, Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity, predoctoral scholarship.

The author thanks Dr Lioness Ayres for her extensive guidance and mentoring throughout this project. She also thanks Dr Janet Specht, Dr Toni Tripp Reimer, Dr Suzanne Dibble, and Dr Jeanne DeJoseph for their support and advisement in this research.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.