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Porn Actor Allen Silver Joins the #SmartSexyStrongSilver Campaign Raising Awareness & Funds for LGBT Seniors

 

#SmartSexyStrongSilver

When the idea for this campaign first popped into my head, my friend Allen Silver immediately came to mind as someone I knew I had to get involved. Allen is best known for his work in the porn industry, taking on special roles because of his gorgeous silver locks. Allen embodies everything about the #SmartSexyStrongSilver project, bringing awareness to vibrant older men in the LGBT community and squashing stigma around aging.

“I realize that this isn’t your typical stuffy campaign addressing issues of aging. I want to show and embrace the LGBT aging community as something that can be celebrated and yes, sexy. There is stigma and fear of what aging means. But I want people to age as gracefully and informed as possible with a feeling of being loved and having security.” Enders

“Silver Fist” campaign tee shirt designed by Timscapes. Whether you are #SmartSexyStrongSilver or an admirer, join the conversation by wearing the shirt proud. $10 from every t-shirt sold will be donated to the fantastic organization doing amazing work for the LGBTQ Elder Community, SAGE (Service and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders).

Now that we have grabbed your attention, take some time to read about some of the issues LGBT Elders face on a daily basis and read how you can help out.

“RECENT ESTIMATES SUGGEST THAT THERE ARE AT LEAST 1.5 MILLION LESBIAN, GAY AND BISEXUAL PEOPLE 65 AND OLDER IN THE US, AND THIS POPULATION WILL DOUBLE BY THE YEAR 2030. These figures are based on an estimate from UCLA’s Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and the Law that 3.8 percent of Americans identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual. However, measuring the number of LGBT people is difficult, given the undercounting caused by factors such as stigma, underreporting and methodological barriers, such as inconsistent question formats. Read the latest aging stats from the Administration on Aging. ” — SAGE
  “SOCIAL ISOLATION AFFECTS MANY LGBT OLDER PEOPLE AROUND THE COUNTRY AS THEY DEAL WITH STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION IN THEIR DAILY LIVES AND IN OUR COUNTRY’S AGING SYSTEM. The primary risk factors for social isolation affect LGBT older adults in unique and disproportionate ways. For example, one primary risk factor is living alone. LGBT older people are twice as likely to live alone, twice as likely to be single, and 3-4 times less likely to have children—and many are estranged from their biological families. Learn more about other primary risk factors for social isolation among LGBT elders. ” — SAGE

 

LGBT-INCLUSIVE AGING SERVICES HELP OFFSET THESE PROBLEMS BY PROVIDING SPACES FOR LGBT ELDERS TO FIND COMMUNITY AND SUPPORT—BUT THEY ARE SPARSE AND UNDERFUNDED. A 2010 nationwide survey of 320 area and state units on aging found that less than 8 percent offered services targeted to LGBT older adults and only 12 percent reported outreach efforts to this population. Read more about AAA’s and LGBT services. 

 

To learn more about the general facts on LGBT older adults, please contact SAGE at 212-741-2247 or at info@sageusa.org.

 

“Silver Fist” campaign tee shirt designed by Timscapes. Whether you are #SmartSexyStrongSilver or an admirer, join the conversation by wearing the shirt proud. $10 from every t-shirt sold will be donated to the fantastic organization doing amazing work for the LGBTQ Elder Community, SAGE (Service and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders).