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Pride Comes in All Ages and Colors

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Sexual and Gender Minority SIG



October is LGBTQ+ History Month, an annual observance of the LGBTQ+ Liberation Movement. This movement was founded on the pain, bravery, and advocacy of sexual and gender minority (SGM) people, many of whom are older adults today. Yet, when we celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month, we often think about young adults attending Pride events, effectively erasing SGM older adults from the LGBTQ+ community. In fact, research shows most of the resources and programming aimed at serving the LGBTQ+ community favor the young.¹ This article seeks to honor those who lived the history and acknowledge the unique and contextual challenges faced by SGM older adults, including SGM older adults of color, in order to better address the diverse health needs of this group.