Honoring Marny Xiong’s Legacy in Our Fight for Culturally Competent Healthcare

    By Kham S. Moua. This article originally appeared on SEARAC’s blog.

    COVID-19 has killed over 220,000 Americans, including my cousin. At 31, Marny had just started her tenure as Chair of the Saint Paul School Board. She was intelligent, beautiful, and ambitious, but most of all, she was kind and compassionate. While I was often a wallflower, Marny always dazzled the room. At family reunions and community gatherings, she would easily maneuver between Hmong and English, bring the young and the old together in conversation, and discuss why our communities needed to work within and without to progress the rights of all students.

    In the days leading up to her death, she was a shell of her former self..... Read More


    The need to expand clinical trials to include communities of color

    This article originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.

    Health care must always meet the best standards in order to care for the population, and this can only be achieved through informed and accurate decision-making based on the results of health studies. Health care requires clinical research to find new and better treatments for diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart conditions, etc.

    Research ensures that treatments and medicines are based on scientific evidence and it ensures the safety and effectiveness of drugs. Clinical trials and research participants should be representative of the diversity of the country’s demographics, however, data show that some communities are often left out of health research.

    When we look at health research on diseases that disproportionately.... Read More


    NICOA Celebrates Native Elders with Live Webinar

    This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

    Commemorate National Native American Heritage Month with the National Indian Council on Aging’s live webinar, “A Celebration of Native Elders“. Join us November 10, 1-3 p.m. EST, as we recognize the many sacrifices, contributions and achievements of American Indian elders, as well as celebrate our rich and vibrant cultures. The event will include music, multiple raffles, stress-busting tips, simple at-home exercises and more.

    The webinar will feature American Indian Development Expert Sherry Salway Black, speaking on the subject of “Native Wealth: So Much More than Money”. You’ll also hear from Sixtus Dominguez, a tribal injury prevention program coordinator at the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center, who will talk about.... Read More


    Taking care of each other, taking care of ourselves

    This article originally appeared on the SAGE blog. 

    Over the past year, we have faced the COVID-19 pandemic, an onslaught of racial injustice, and a historic presidential election, yet through it all, LGBT elders continue their activism and refuse to be invisible. While we are inspired to remain resilient, it is also important to remember that no one can take on this fight alone.

    With Election Day coming up, many are riddled with uncertainty and fear about what comes next. This isn’t going to be like any Election Day we’ve seen before. It will likely be weeks before we know the official results, which can cause emotional, mental, and physical discomfort. The conversations around us may feel exhausting and.... Read More


    Over 1.5 Million American Indians Aren’t Registered to Vote

    This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog

    There are 4.7 million American Indians who are of voting age, according to a report titled “Obstacles at Every Turn: Barriers to Political Participation Faced by Native American Voters.” However, only 66 percent of those eligible to vote are registered. Over 1.5 million Native people are eligible to vote but remain unregistered. American Indians face specific barriers to political participation throughout the voting process.

    Both non-traditional mailing addresses and housing insecurity make it difficult to provide proof of residence in a state or county. The report also lists several other factors that prevent Native people from starting the first step of registration: voter identification requirements, unequal access to online registration due.... Read More


    BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) LGBT Elders Remind Us History Isn’t Just Lived, It’s Made

    This article originally appeared on the SAGE blog.

    As we begin our celebration of LGBT History Month, we must recognize how LGBT history has been told. For decades, the trailblazing work of BIPOC LGBT pioneers has been eclipsed by white and cisgender narratives. Names like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera have not always been at the forefront of our history.

    Far too often, we see the practice of whitewashing affect how history is told. This leaves the BIPOC community with the task of undoing this flawed storytelling. They cannot and should not do it alone, so it is up to white community members and allies to do better. That’s why SAGE dedicated this past Pride.... Read More


    How to Attract a Job Recruiter Using LinkedIn

    Competition is fierce, so here’s how you can help get a recruiter’s attention

    By Nancy Collamer. This article originally appeared on the Next Avenue blog

    Catching the attention of a job recruiter has long been a challenge, but it’s especially difficult right now. In the week ending July 24, 2020, 1.4 million Americans filed for unemployment, marking the 19th straight week that jobless claims have topped one million.

    Still, since over 90% of job recruiters and hiring managers use LinkedIn to fill their openings, if you’re looking for work, you’ll want to know how to use that platform to catch a recruiter’s eye. For advice, I spoke with Shally Steckerl, founder of The Sourcing Institute and The Sourcing Institute.... Read More


    Understanding the Impact of COVID on the LGBTQI Movement

    This article originally appeared on the LGBT MAP blog

    The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us, making 2020 a year filled with challenges like no other. For individuals and families, workers and businesses, and social change organizations like LGBTQI and allied social justice organizations, COVID-19 has upended how we learn, work, and connect.

    To understand.... Read More


    When Your Employer Insists You Go Into Work During the Pandemic

    The recourse rules for employees are complicated and somewhat untested

    By Rosie Wolf Williams. This article originally appeared on the Next Avenue blog.


    Millions of Americans have been instructed by their employers to work from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. But what if your boss insists you continue coming into your workplace, especially if you’re dealing with an autoimmune deficiency, going through medical treatments or recovering from an illness? Do you have any recourse?

    The question is a piercing one for some workers right now, since showing up could increase their risk of contracting COVID-19. And the answer is complicated.

    Denied the Ability.... Read More

    An Intergenerational, Multiracial, Virtual Friendship Formed in COVID-19

    The story of one 65-year-old and his new Gen Z friend

    By  Sarah McKinney Gibson. This article originally appeared on the Next Avenue blog.

    While Los Angeles was on lockdown and Black Lives Matter protesters were marching in the streets, Mark Robinson and Ava Brennan were looking forward to their weekly Zoom conversations, discussing everything from sports to LGBT advocacy. When Robinson (63 and Black) brought up the topic of racial justice, Brennan (17 and white) was initially nervous to express her views.

    “I didn’t want to come off as a teenager who knows everything and thinks older people are out of touch,” says Brennan. “And I also didn’t want to be lectured about my political beliefs.”

    She.... Read More


    Be a SAGE Voter

    This article originally appeared on the SAGE blog.

    In preparation for the 2020 election, SAGE has partnered with When We All Vote. This partnership is a way for SAGE voters to help strengthen our democracy by increasing voter participation among all Americans, especially underrepresented populations. With LGBT elders currently facing disproportionate consequences from COVID-19, such as health risks and social isolation, it is more important than ever that we make our voices heard at the polls. Whether you’re an LGBT elder, an ally, or a member of the community, your vote can enact lasting change. Voting is a way for all of us to honor the LGBT pioneers who have been fighting for decades for their right to live.... Read More


    HIV/AIDS and Safety During COVID-19

    The CDC has advised all people with HIV to take precautions

    By Grace Birnstengel. This article originally appeared on the Next Avenue blog.


    (Editor’s note: This story is part of Still Here, Still Positive: A series on the first generation of Americans aging with HIV/AIDS, with support from The John A. Hartford Foundation.)

    As part of our special series “Still Here, Still Positive,” we’ve been covering the realities of people aging with HIV/AIDS. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says “the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 for people with HIV is not known,” though people with HIV/AIDS.... Read More

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