The role of religious and faith communities in addressing the needs of LGBT elders

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Religious and faith communities occupy unique and specific roles and functions in society. Although information is presented on specific views about LGBT persons of certain religious affiliations, it is not the intent of this chapter to present a philosophical discussion of the concepts of religion and spirituality, nor to promote the views of any particular faith or denomination. The purpose of this chapter is to present information on the impact, role, and perceptions of faith communities in the lives of LGBT elders. Specifically, information is presented on the attitudes and perceptions of the “church” toward LGBT persons, the value placed on religion and spirituality by LGBT persons, and the ways in which religious leaders can provide care and support to LGBT elders. A discussion of implications of the role of religious leaders in policy development that affect LGBT persons is also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of LGBT Elders
Subtitle of host publicationAn Interdisciplinary Approach to Principles, Practices, and Policies
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783319036236
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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Publisher Copyright:
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.


  • Faith communities
  • Politics
  • Religion
  • Religious leaders
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Medicine
  • General Psychology


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