My immigrant mother sits silently in a room the size of a small kitchen. Earlier this year, she survived multiple failures of the heart, kidneys, and limbs over the course of six weeks. She is seventy-three, uses a wheelchair, and for the first time in her life is surrounded by white people who do not speak Spanish, in the only nearby nursing home my parents can afford. In turn, my father drives through the days confronted by three omnipresent realities: hour-long daily visits with my mother, a night shift to keep him mentally and financially afloat, and a mailbox flooded with health care bills, insurance disputes and the complexity of navigating Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers. When I speak of health reform, queer rights, or racial and economic justice, he gazes at me solemnly. He survived a lifetime of racial discrimination, fought in two wars and lived through the...
Our Issues Entwine: LGBTQ Aging and Economic Justice
robert espinoza, a policy analyst and writer who specializes in LGBTQ rights, aging, and racial and economic justice, currently serves as the senior director for public policy and communications at SAGE, the country’s largest national organization advocating for LGBT older people.
ROBERT ESPINOZA; Our Issues Entwine: LGBTQ Aging and Economic Justice. Tikkun 1 November 2013; 28 (4): 44–46. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08879982-2367532
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