FORGE is delighted that the Wisconsin Gazette chose to highlight two very important recent national developments related to LGBT aging: the creation of a federally-funded national LGBT Aging Resource Center and the publication of the second Outing Age. However, we are mystified by why you neglected to mention the critical role Wisconsinites played in both developments. FORGE’s Transgender Aging Network is the only one of the LGBT Aging Resource Center’s 11 national partners headquartered outside of the two coasts and our staff member Loree Cook-Daniels played a critical role in helping SAGE write the winning proposal. Loree Cook-Daniels also played key roles in the revision of Outing Age, and Milwaukee’s own Genevieve Trusouix is one of the elders highlighted in its pages.
These aren’t the only places where Wisconsin’s LGBT community has recently gotten national attention. FORGE represented the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs at a groundbreaking Feb. 22 White House meeting to talk about a slate of LGBT federal policy ideas put forth by the New Beginnings Initiative.
Wisconsin also continues to garner national attention for being the home of the first transgender organization to be awarded two significant federal grants from the U.S. Department of Justice offices to work on behalf of transgender sexual assault survivors.
It’s great that the Gazette keeps us informed of important national LGBT policy developments, but LGBT readers in Wisconsin should also know and take pride in the fact that we’re part of making those developments happen in the first place!
FORGE executive director