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What is ‘National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day‘?

May 16th marks the awareness day.

National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day on May 16th is an important opportunity to celebrate and thank those who have helped pave the way for equality and the rights of LGBTQ+ people. Because of their fight, we are free to live our best lives.

This special day is our chance to show appreciation for the dedication to equality, justice, and tolerance that our elders have showcased throughout the years.


There are an estimated 3 million LGBT adults over the age of 55 throughout the U.S.

In a press release, Monte Ephraim, Manager of LGBT Older Adult Programming at The LGBT Health Resource Center said:

In these times of uncertainty and change, the lessons we can learn from our LGBT elders are more important than ever. There is no better time to listen to their stories, learn from their experiences, and let them know the enormous impact they have had on all our lives than on May 16.

People are being encouraged to celebrate the day by hosting their very own celebrations, sharing stories from and about LGBT elders, and simply just learning a bit more about LGBT history and the issues facing America’s older LGBT adult population.

Learn more about National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day at

Inaugurated by The LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care in Baltimore in 2016, National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day is recognized by the National Day registry.

The 2018 National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day Social Media Toolkit can be accessed here.

Written by QWEERIST editor

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