Inclusive Questions for Older Adults: A Practical Guide to Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

June 2024 | National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

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“Every question should not be based on assumptions of ‘oh you’re heterosexual.’ Even if I circled married I have to be very specific in saying husband because they are going to assume I’m married to a woman.””

SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBTQ+ Aging was created to address the country’s need for information on these unique and diverse populations. One of our first tasks was to create this guide, which has been updated in 2016 and 2023 to reflect emerging research and best practices to help service providers ask questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in safe and respectful ways.


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