Gay activists, allies gather in Miami for first White House LGBT Conference on Aging

MIAMI -- For years, Bruce Williams managed a Texas retirement community. Now 65, he himself is retired, living in Miami Beach and chairman of the Pride Center of South Florida’s senior advisory council in Wilton Manors.

Williams, a board member of SAGE South Florida (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders), advises other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people how to cope with getting older. “They are ill-prepared for their personal aging situations,” he said. “There’s been very little education available to individuals as to the needs that will arise and the resources that are available or not available to meet those needs.”

On Monday, he and about 160 other gay activists from throughout Florida participated in the first White House LGBT Conference on Aging, held at the University of Miami’s Clinical Research Building in Miami.

Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, opened the one-day conference.

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