Original ArticlesLGBT Older Adults and Nurse Administrators An Opportunity for AdvocacyThornton, Marleen PhD, RNAuthor Information Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore. Correspondence: Marleen Thornton, PhD, RN, Notre Dame of Maryland University, 4701 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21210 ([email protected]). The author declares no conflict of interest. Nursing Administration Quarterly: April/June 2018 - Volume 42 - Issue 2 - p 129-135 doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000282 Buy Metrics Abstract One of the greatest health care challenges of the 21st century is the rapidly growing number of older adults in the United States. This aging population is also becoming increasingly diverse, and with this diversity comes an increased number of older adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT). The needs and health outcomes of this specific subgroup of the older adult population cannot be extrapolated from the more general population of older adults. Nurses have the opportunity to lead health care providers in improving care for this vulnerable and sometimes invisible population. Leading this charge will require nurse executives who advocate, create care environments that are inclusive, and staff with nurses who can care for the specific needs of LGBT older adults. The purpose of this article is to raise awareness of the health needs of LGBT older adults and identify how nurse executives can advocate to improve care for this overlooked population. © 2018 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.