Gov. Brown Signs 'Bill of Rights' for LGBT Seniors in Long-Term Care

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California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill that creates a “bill of rights” for LGBT seniors in long-term care. Senate Bill (SB) 219, authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and sponsored by Equality California, aims to help protect seniors from discrimination or mistreatment in long-term care facilities.

SB 219 strengthens protections for LGBT seniors living in long-term care facilities against discrimination, such as refusing to use a resident’s preferred name or pronoun, denying admission to a long-term care facility, transferring a resident within a facility or to another facility based on anti-LGBT attitudes of other residents, or evicting or involuntarily discharging a resident from a facility on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or HIV status.