LIVE WEBINAR 1:30-5:00PM CDT via Zoom 

2023 Dates:  May 5 


This 3 CE intermediate level course was designed for social workers to build understanding regarding queer individuals who are aging. This population faces unique challenges revolving around healthcare, disenfranchisement, higher rates of poverty and mortality, and more. Participants will learn to understand aging queer adults in the context of their reality, often having experienced harsher stigma and discrimination than younger generations.

Target audience: social workers

Content level: Intermediate

About the Instructor

Troy Johnson, LCSW is a psychotherapist and LGBTQ advocate who works to educate communities regarding culturally competent services for diverse populations. To learn more about Troy, visit

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize heteronormativity as it informs approaches to LGBTQ older adults.
  2. Demonstrate understanding and empathy for the lived experiences of LGBTQ older adults.
  3. Describe the importance of tailoring services for LGBTQ older adults, according to the NASW code of ethics.
  4. Identify and describe the importance of Queer informed practitioners providing services to LGBTQ older adult clients.
  5. Define and Identify heteronormativity and the unique challenges it presents to LGBTQ individuals.
  6. Apply best practices for clients in the LGBTQ community, as an advocate and ally.


1:30PM PM Welcome & Introductions

Presenter introductions and instructions for the course.

1:40 PM Overview of Major Concerns for LGBTQ Older Adults

Participants will integrate their knowledge of LGBTQ older adults into their current approach to working with elders as well as the scope of the older adult queer population. They will demonstrate an understanding of how propaganda has been used to de-humanize LGBTQ older adults, and the need for many LGBTQ older adults to return to the closet when accessing care.

2:10 PM Intersectionality and Aging

Understanding the compounding factors of queerness and agism. Participants will gain insight into how many LGBTQ older adults have adapted in older age including: reluctance to access healthcare service, increased rates of mortality, disenfranchisement from mainstream senior services, and higher rates of poverty.

2:50 PM Snack Break

3:00 PM Contextualizing the LGBTQ Older Adult Experience

Identifying major cultural and political milestones that have impacted the lives of those 65 and over within the LGBTQ community including: classification of homosexuality as a mental illness, The Lavender Scare, gay panic defense, 1960’s police raids, Stonewall Riots, Gay Liberation Movement, 1980’s AIDS & HIV.

4:00 PM Meeting the Needs of the LGBTQ Aging Population

Participants will demonstrate an understanding of the LGBTQ aging population, how to create connections and relationships with this population, and how to increase awareness on an agency and community level of the needs of LGBTQ older adults.

4:30-5:00 PM Consultation & Discussion

Participants are encouraged to discuss with the presenters, ideas, questions, and concerns about accessing and building relationships with older LGBTQ clients and community members.


The cost to attend this event is $120 which includes CE certificate of completion. To register, visit Registration closes on March 3, 2023. Cancellations must be received prior to the event date to be eligible for a refund.

Course Completion & CE Credit

Course completion requirements: Social workers must attend the entire course and complete a course evaluation to earn CE credit. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 30 business days of course completion.

System Requirements

A free Zoom account

An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)

Speakers and a microphone – built-in, USB plug-in, or wireless Bluetooth

A webcam or HD webcam – built-in, USB plug-in, or: An HD cam or HD camcorder with a video-capture card Note: See the list of supported devices.

Virtual camera software for use with broadcasting software like OBS or IP cameras Note: For macOS, Zoom client 5.1.1 or higher is required.


Please contact if you have any questions, concerns, or need to request any special accommodations.


Living Out Loud: Aging as Queer, Course #4562, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards(ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Queer Literacy as an individual course. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 11/08/2022 – 11/08/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 3 Cultural Competence continuing education credits