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CA has new law that will support its LGBT senior citizens

Gov. Jerry Brown signs into law AB 2719 that will offer more federal support to CA LGBT seniors.
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Governor Jerry Brown has signed  AB 2719 into California law, which broadens the definition of who is eligible to receive federal funding to older individuals to include sexual orientation and gender expression. Before, the definition was limited to "physical and mental disabilities, language barriers, cultural or social isolation, including that caused by racial and ethnic status."

AB 2719 will also include support for cultural or social isolation caused by gender identity. 

The bill was authored by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin and co-sponsored by SAGE and Equality California

Resources for California's seniors comes from the Department of Aging which assists the elderly throughout the state with jobs, healthcare, and support.

According to New Now Next,  "the bill passed unanimously through both chambers of California’s state legislature earlier this year."

San Diego has the second-largest LGBT population in California next to Los Angeles. 

It is estimated that about 380,000 LGBT seniors will reside in California by the year 2030

“It’s incredibly important that we ensure LGBTQ older adults have access to the services and support they need to maintain their health and live their lives with dignity,” said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California, in a statement. “We’re deeply grateful to Gov. Brown for signing AB 2719 and to Assemblymember Irwin for being such a strong champion for our LGBTQ elders.”

California has been embracing its LGBT population with new laws lately. Gov. Brown signed AB 2439 into law last week which designates the LGBTQ Veterans Memorial at the Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City as the official state LGBTQ veterans memorial.