Legislation that Illinois State Sen. Ram Villivalam sponsored to advance equality for LGBTQ older adults passed the Illinois Senate's Human Services Committee on March 5.
"It is important to protect our LGTBQ population at all ages. The older members of this community face very specific challenges as they age," Villivalam ( D-Chicago ) said in a statement. "We need to ensure that the environments in assisted living facilities are welcoming and inclusive, and I'm proud to say this legislation does just that."
Senate Bill 1319 would help cultivate affirming environments in assisted living facilities for LGBTQ older adultsmany of whom face unique challenges as they age because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression.