A new phase of the Aging with Pride: NHAS study is now open to eligible participants.
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Join the movement of over 2000 LGBTQ+ adults.

We are excited to invite LGBTQ+ adults turning 52-58 in 2023 to take part in a new phase of the NHAS study.

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About the Research

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 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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Recent Publications

March 2023

Generational and social forces in the life events and experiences of lesbian and gay midlife older adults across the Iridescent Life Course

January 2023

Determinants of physical functioning and health-related quality of life among sexual and gender minority older adults with cognitive impairment

October 2022

Utilization of recommended preventive health screenings between transgender and cisgender older adults in sexual and gender minority communities

October 2022

Historical and social forces in the Iridescent Life Course: Key life events and experiences of transgender older adults

January 2022

Historical and generational forces in the Iridescent Life Course of bisexual women, men, and gender diverse older adults

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Karen I. Fredriksen Goldsen, Ph.D., 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.

Project Director, Co-Investigator

Hyun-Jun Kim, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor 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 connectedness 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 Emeritus of Social Work at the University of Washington Tacoma and a co-investigator of Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study (NHAS). He was a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar from 2001-2003 and twice a John A. Hartford National Research Mentor. Dr. Emlet is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and in 2013 he was a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair and Fulbright Scholar at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario, Canada.

He is co-author of In Home Assessment of Older Adults: An Interdisciplinary Approach, 2nd edition, and HIV/AIDS and Older Adults: Challenges for Individuals, Families and Communities and has published more than 80 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Emlet was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare in 2020. 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.

Research Scientist

Hailey Jung, Ph.D.,is a Research Scientist with Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study (NHAS). Her research passion aligns with advocating for people frequently and cumulatively stigmatized and disadvantaged in society. Her previous 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 in 2010.

Community Partners

Center on Halsted

3656 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 472-6469

FORGE Transgender Aging Network

PO Box 1272
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 559-2123


1620 12th Ave #203,
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 393-3400

GRIOT Circle

P.O. Box 26451
Brooklyn, NY. 11202
(718) 246-2775

Lexington Pride Center

389 Waller Ave
Lexington, KY 40504
(859) 253-3233

LGBTQIA+ Aging Project (Fenway Health)

1340 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
(857) 313-6590

Los Angeles LGBT Center

The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 993-7400

Mary’s House for Older Adults, Inc.

PO Box 29561
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 269-5736

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center

315 W Court Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 271-2656

Missourians Aging with Pride

2200 Gravois Ave
Ste 201
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 862-4900 (ext. 500)

Montrose Center

401 Branard Street,
2nd Floor
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 529-0037


Bob Ross LGBT Senior Center
65 Laguna St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 296-8995


305 Seventh Ave,
15th Floor
New York, NY 10001
(212) 741-2247

Seniors Out and Proud of Utah

926 E Downington Avenue, #2 SugarHouse, UT 84105 info@soaputah.org (801)856-4255