Report: Some residents at risk for a new kind of religious discrimination

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Dignity Denied: Religious Exemptions and LGBT Elder Services
Dignity Denied: Religious Exemptions and LGBT Elder Services

Revised laws and policies exempting religious organizations from anti-discrimination provisions are taking a toll on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender elders, a new report claims.

The report notes that approximately 85% of nonprofit continuing care retirement communities (also known as life plan communities) are affiliated with a religion. Religiously linked facilities also provide the greatest number of affordable housing units for low-income seniors. Moreover, 14% of hospitals in the United States are religiously affiliated, accounting for 17% of all the country's hospital beds.

"Dignity Denied: Religious Exemptions and LGBT Elder Services" was released by the think tank Movement Advancement Project, Columbia Law School's Public Rights/Private Conscience Project, and SAGE, an advocacy group.

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Bringing in the outdoors

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Garvey Manor and Our Lady of the Alleghenies Residence continuing care retirement community recently hosted an outdoor show, "Marching into the Woods."

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