"Gay men are far more likely to live alone, and this will influence the types of services needed by gay men as they age."
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) recently released the results of a study they took which showed among other things that gay men over 45 -- out of all sexual orientations polled -- are more likely to be single.
They surveyed people online across the United States and found that 57% of gay men over 45 said they were single with 39% of lesbians and 48% of bisexual men and women saying the same thing.
Fifty-percent of trans folks over 45 say they were partnered with a mate; 35% of them were married.
"Same-sex couples do not "partner" at the same rate by gender," the report states. "Gay men are far more likely to live alone, and this will influence the types of services needed by gay men as they age. Further, when asked about their social support network, gay men are less connected compared to lesbians and every relationship type tested, from LGBT friends to straight friends, from partners to neighbors."
AARP wanted to see what types of challenges aging LGBT people face and what types of support networks, or lack thereof, are available to them.
A majority of those polled (75%) said they were worried about having some sort of family or social support later in life, and others (73%) said they are concerned with LGBT specific senior services.
They noted that bisexuals who are over 45 are far less likely to be "out" and "can be harder to reach with general LGBT outreach compared to lesbians, gay men, and transgender community members."
The large numbers of single gay men over 45 may have something to do with many variables from hook-up apps, to internalized homophobia to people who just don't want a partner.
The LGBT community is also worried about the future of their health care. Although a majority of LGBT people are covered and are satisfied with what they currently receive, they are scared of aging within that system which may lead to discrimination and prejuduce.
You can read the full study HERE.