National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study (NHAS)

The landmark study Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study is the first federally-funded longitudinal national project designed to better understand the aging, health, and well-being of LGBTQ+ midlife and older adults and their families. With over 2,400 LGBTQ+ adults ranging in age from 50 to over 100, this project deepens our understanding of how various life experiences are related to changes in aging, health, and well-being over time. 

 

The findings paint a vivid portrait of the lives of LGBTQ+ midlife and older adults, documenting the interplay of risk and resilience to further understand those reaching their full aging and health potential and those most at risk of health, social, and economic disparities. This project is a collaboration with 15 community agencies (see Community Partners, below) serving LGBTQ+ older adults in every census division throughout the U.S. The project is funded through a federal grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

 

The fundamental work that led to Aging with Pride was Caring and Aging with Pride, a 2010 collaboration with 11 community agencies and 2,560 LGBTQ+ adults 50 and older. They were surveyed about their aging, physical and mental health, wellness, support systems, caregiving, communities, and services. This research generated new knowledge on health and aging across these diverse communities, finding that LGBTQ+ adults are resilient yet at-risk. The project was funded through a federal grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

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NEWSLETTERS

Researchers

Karen I. Fredriksen Goldsen, Ph.D., is the Principal Investigator of Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study (NHAS). She is a Professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work, Director of Healthy Generations Hartford Center of Excellence, and Director of the Institute for Multigenerational Health. Dr. Fredriksen Goldsen is a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and the Gerontological Society of America, a Hartford Scholar and Mentor, and founder of Generations Aging with Pride, GSA Rainbow Research Group, and Shanti Seattle. She received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley.

Hyun-Jun Kim, Ph.D., is a research scientist at the School of Social Work, University of Washington and serves as the Project Director and co-investigator of Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study (NHAS). His research interests include health disparities in historically disadvantaged older adult communities and the role of human agency and social relationships in the interplay of well-being, health-related quality of life, multiple identities, and cultural resources. Dr. Kim is a Gerontological Society of America Fellow. He completed his Ph.D. in Social Welfare at the University of Washington, School of Social Work in 2009.

Charles A. Emlet, Ph.D., is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Washington Tacoma and is a co-investigator of Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study (NHAS). Dr. Emlet is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, a member of the Association of Gerontological Education in Social Work (AGE-SW) and of the National Association of Social Workers. In 2013 he was a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair and Fulbright Scholar at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario, Canada. His current areas of research include older persons living with HIV/AIDS and LGBT aging. He received his Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Hailey Jung, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist with Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study (NHAS). Her research projects have addressed longitudinal patterns of human development among victimized children and adolescents. Dr. Jung received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

Community Partners

Center on Halsted
3656 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: 773-472-6469
centeronhalsted.org

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center
315 W Court Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: 414-271-2656
mkelgbt.org

FORGE Transgender Aging Network
PO Box 1272
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Phone: 414-559-2123
forge-forward.org

Montrose Center
401 Branard Street, 2nd Floor
Houston, TX 77006
Phone: 713-529-0037
montrosecenter.org

Lexington Pride Center
389 Waller Ave
Lexington, KY 40504
Phone: 859-253-3233
lexpridecenter.org

Openhouse
Bob Ross LGBT Senior Center
65 Laguna St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-296-8995
openhousesf.org

GenPride
1620 12th Ave #203,
Seattle, WA 98122
info@genprideseattle.org
Phone: (206) 393-3400
genprideseattle.org

SAGE
305 Seventh Ave – 15th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-741-2247
sageusa.org

GRIOT Circle
P.O. Box 26451
Brooklyn, NY. 11202
Phone: (718) 246-2775
griotcircle.org

SAGE of PROMO Fund
2200 Gravois Ave
Ste 201
St. Louis, MO 63104
Phone: 314-862-4900 (ext. 500)
https://promoonline.org/about/sage-of-promo-fund/

LGBTQIA+ Aging Project,
a program of The Fenway Institute

1340 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 857-313-6590
lgbtagingproject.org
fenwayhealth.org/

Utah Pride Center
1380 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Phone: 801-539-8800
utahpridecenter.org

Los Angeles LGBT Center
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Phone: 323-993-7400
lalgbtcenter.org

Mary’s House for Older Adults, Inc.
PO Box 29561
Washington, DC 20017
Phone: 202-269-5736
maryshousedc.org

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