For the first time in its long history, the Social Security Administration is providing benefits to same sex married couples, thanks to the Supreme Court’s June 2013 Windsor ruling in the Defense of Marriage Act. This is a significant development with important financial implications for millions of elder lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, same sex spouses, widows, and children of LGBT parents.
Launched in Fall 2013 in the San Francisco Bay area, “Know Your Rights” is a national education campaign for LGBT Americans impacted by the Windsor decision. The Foundation of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare events are funded in part by the Archstone Foundation to help support a series of “Know Your Rights” town halls in Los Angeles March 18-20. The town halls will include panel discussions with the Social Security Administration, legal experts, and seniors’ and LGBT advocates. Community partners include the LA Gay and Lesbian Center, the Latino Equity Alliance, The Center-Long Beach and API Equality-LA with co-sponsorship by the Los Angeles City and County Departments of Aging.
The March 18th session, moderated by LA Gay and Lesbian Center CEO, Lorri Jean, will feature panel discussions with the Social Security Administration, legal experts, and seniors’ and LGBT advocates and will be available via webcast for those who can not attend in person.
March 18th6:30 – 8:00 pm PT
Register online for the “Know Your Rights” Webcast here.