This Week in Boomer History: Stonewall … Sotomayor … Pong

Notable events from our shared experience Sonia Sotomayor is born June 25, 1954 in Bronx, New York. In 2009, she becomes the first Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles release “The Tracks of My Tears” on June 23, 1965; the song later resurfaces on the soundtrack of the films The Big Chill (1983) and Platoon (1986). On June 25, 1950, North Korea invades South Korea. In three years of battle, more than 36,000 American …

How Will Older Voters Lean in 2014?

Older voters are hot commodities as both parties gear up for next year’s mid-term elections. After all, they tend to vote in disproportionately higher numbers, especially in midterm elections. Though traditionally identified as Democratic, the group voted heavily Republican in the 2010 midterm and, to a lesser extent, in 2012. But recent surveys by a Democratic polling firm might show early signs of the pendulum swinging back, political analyst Charlie Cook writes for the National Journal. In the most recent …

What Happened to the Welcome Mat? Nursing Homes and Gay Elders

Living in a nursing home is not easy. When you are gay, it can be so much more complicated. Unless you’re at a progressive long-term care facility, staff (and fellow residents) may act less than warm and fuzzy, the Nursing Home Reform Act notwithstanding. Put simply, you or your visiting partner, if you’re lucky enough to have one, may not feel welcome. State laws that deny LGBT couples the same benefits as married heterosexuals reinforce their frustrating situation. Many older …

The Takeaway: White House Holds First LGBT Conference on Aging

The first in a series of White House conferences devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender aging was held in Miami, Florida, yesterday. Many of the issues addressed"”retirement security, health care, housing"”are concerns shared by older Americans of all sexual stripes. But LGBT seniors also face unique obstacles, including discrimination and a lack of certain legal protections.

The Takeaway: Cancer Death Rates; Clarence Clemons Dies

Cancer deaths down but disparities still exist. … The overall cancer death rate declined between 1990 and 2007, according to the latest statistics by the American Cancer Society.  However, the report finds disparities still exist among socioeconomic and racial groups.

News To Know: Stonewall 40 Years Later

Sunday will mark the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall protests.